ANTHONY PERKINS - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: ROY EDWARD MARQUARDT - HFSID 25849
Sale Price $234.00
ANTHONY PERKINS and ROY MARQUARDT
Autograph Note signed by the actor, with signature of the aircraft designer on verso
Autograph Note signed: "To George Sanders/Thanks - [It did/work out this/time.]/Anthony Perkins", 1 page, 4x2½ paper. Also signed on verso: "R. E. Marquardt". ANTHONY PERKINS (1932-1992) began his film career auspiciously with roles in Friendly Persuasion (Oscar nomination, 1956), Fear Strikes Out (1957) and On the Beach (1958). He won the Best Actor award at the Cannes festival for Aimez-Vous Brahms? (1961). However, his career was forever changed by his powerful performance in Hitchcock's Psycho (1960). Many of his subsequent performances were Psycho sequels and other creepy roles. Perkins died of complications from AIDS in 1992. Compounding the tragedy, his wife, Berry Berenson, who had appeared in four films with Perkins, was killed aboard one of the hijacked airliners on 9-11, 2001. ROY EDWARD MARQUARDT (1917-1982), a brilliant aeronautical engineer, founded Marquardt Aircraft in 1944, renamed the Marquardt Corporation in 1959. After building wind tunnels for the US Air Force, Marquardt began to develop jet engines, specializing in ramjet designs and earning Marquardt the sobriquet "Mr. Ramjet." At its peak in the 1960s and 1970s, Marquardt Corp. supplied key components to NASA for the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs. After Marquardt's death, his company fell on hard times. It was purchased 1983 by ISC Corporation, controlled by arms merchant James Guerin, later sentenced to 15 years in prison for selling advanced weapons to South Africa and Iraq, despite his claim that the deals were covertly backed by the CIA. Another buyer in 1987 found that ISC had cooked the company books, and Marquardt went into bankruptcy in 1992. Today, the reorganized company is out of the aircraft and weapons business and provides sound stages for the movie industry. Lightly toned. Ink note (unknown hand) above Marquardt's signature. Otherwise, fine condition.
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