ANN TODD - AUTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: STEWART GRANGER, JOYCE GRENFELL, KAY CAVENDISH, EMLYN WILLIAMS, HERMIONE GINGOLD, ALLAN CUTHBERTSON, JACK STRACHEY, COLLIE KNOX, ELSPETH MARCH - HFSID 156350
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BRITISH ACTORS: ANN TODD, ALLAN CUTHBERTSON, JACK STRACHEY, JOYCE GRENFELL, HERMIONE GINGOLD, COLLIE KNOX, EMLYN THOMAS, KAY CAVENDISH, ELSPETH MARCH, STEWART GRANGER and OTHERSPage from a guest book signed by British celebrities, mostly actors Signatures: "Ann Todd", "Allan Cuthbertson", "Jack Strachey", "Joyce Grenfell", "Hermoine Gingold", "Collie Knox", "Emlyn Williams", "Kay Cavendish", "Elspeth March", "Stewart Granger", 2 pages (front and verso), 11x8. There are ten additional, unidentified signers. British actress ANN TODD(1909-1993) began her career on stage in 1928 before debuting in films three years later. In 1945, she became internationally popular as the vulnerable pianist in The Seventh Veil (Todd would call her 1980 autobiography The Eighth Veil). From 1947-1957, she was married to David Lean, who directed her in many of her films. In the 1950s, Todd joined London's Old Vic Theatre Company, appearing in a number of Shakespearean plays. In the mid-1960s, she turned her talents to writing, directing and producing documentaries. The talents of Anglo-Australian actor ALLAN CUTHBERTSON (1920-1988) extended from Shakespeare to comedy, but the World War II aviator was often seen in uniform, as in Tunes of Glory (1960) and The Guns of Navarone (1960). He made frequent appearances on British TV, including four episodes of The Avengers. English composer lyricist JACK STRACHEY (1894-1972) began writing music for theater and music halls in the 1920s. In the following decade, he added two big hits to the repertoire of popular standards: "These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)", 1936; and "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" (1940). In the 1940s, he began composing popular light works for orchestra, including "Pink Champagne." British comedienne, singer and actress JOYCE GRENFELL (1910-1979) is probably best known for her monologues and one-woman shows. She made her stage debut in 1939 and, during World War II, toured India, North Africa and the Middle East, entertaining British troops with her songs and comedy, writing her signature song: I'm Going to See You Today (1942). She also got her start in movies during the war, with a total of over 20 mostly comedy movies and TV shows to her credit, and collaborated with Stephen Potter in writing a series of 30 satirical programs called the "How" series. Her wartime journals were published in 1989 as The Time of My Life: Entertaining the Troops. Eccentric British actress HERMIONE GINGOLD (1897-1987) shifted focus in mid-career from Shakespearean plays to stage and film musical comedy. She won a Golden Globe award as Best Supporting Actress for Gigi (1958) and was nominated for another for The Music Man (1962). She was also nominated for a Tony Award for A Little Night Music (1973), reprising the role in the 1977 film. Gingold starred in 3 shows for the BBC: Betsy Mae (1965), Before the Fringe (1967, for which she was also a writer) and The Life and Times of Hermione Gingold (1979). COLLIE KNOX (1899-1977) was a British journalist and author known for his World War II reporting. His books included Collie Knox Calling (1937, selected from his radio commentaries) and Heroes All (1941). GEORGE EMLYN WILLIAMS (1905-1987) was a distinguished Welsh playwright (Night Must Fall, 1936; The Corn is Green, 1942),screenwriter (The Man Who Knew Too Much, 1934) and film and stage actor (who won a Tony for A Boy Growing Up, 1958). In addition to plays, he penned a novel, two autobiographies and a controversial true crime study, Beyond Belief (1967). Originally a classical pianist, KAY CAVENDISH (1908-2000) turned to popular music, starring on BBC-Radio in the 1930s on Kay on the Keys and later with the Cavendish Three. British actor STEWART GRANGER (1913-1993), who was born James Stewart but changed his name to avoid confusion with the Hollywood actor of the same name, was a top romantic leading man in Britain (along with James Mason) before coming to Hollywood, where he was usually cast as a rugged "he-man". Granger, who appeared in Cukor's The Prisoner of Zenda (1952), starred in a number of other feature films, including Caesar and Cleopatra (1946), King Solomon's Mines (1950), Beau Brummel (1954), North to Alaska (1960) and Sodom and Gomorrah (1962), and in TV movies. He was married to actress Jean Simmons from 1950-1960. Granger was married earlier (1938-1948) to ELSPETH MARCH (1911-1999), an English actress who made her stage debut in Jonah and the Whale (1932). March appeared in several films, including Quo Vadis (1950), The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961) and Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969). American TV viewers saw on Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Saint, among other episodes. Toned and lightly creased. Left edge frayed from binding. Ink marks (unknown hand) around edges. Otherwise, fine condition.
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