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BASIL RATHBONE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/22/1948 - HFSID 257232

Rathbone handwrote and signed this letter to Mary Sandman in 1948, thanking her for her poems and her outlook on life: "Life is full of good things for those who have the eyes & ears to see and hear them." Autograph letter signed "Basil Rathbone".

Price: $700.00

Condition: Fine condition
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BASIL RATHBONE
Rathbone handwrote and signed this letter to Mary Sandman in 1948, thanking her for her poems and her outlook on life: "Life is full of good things for those who have the eyes & ears to see and hear them."
Autograph letter signed "Basil Rathbone". 1 pages, 6½x9¾. Addressed "Biltmore Theatre", dated "Saty". In full: "Dear Miss Sandman, Thank you for your poems. You have nice taste & feeling. I respect very much your desire always to [illegible] yourself with the better things of life. Life is full of good things for those who have the eyes & ears to see and hear them. Best wishes as always". Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Folded once vertically and thrice horizontally and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Original mailing envelope, postmarked New York City, March 22, 1948 and addressed to "Miss Mary Sandman," Roxbury, Massachusetts. Lightly toned and creased. Address is lightly smeared but legible. Blue ink heart in upper left corner and penciled heart on flap in unknown hand. Torn open at top edge. Folded once and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition. Rathbone (1892-1967, born Philip St. John Basil Rathbone in Johannesburg, South Africa), who appeared on Broadway 23 times and won the 1948 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play (The Heiress), is also known for his film work in period costume dramas. He was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor for playing Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (1936) and King Louis XVI in If I Were King (1938). Rathbone also appeared as Murdstone in David Copperfield (1934), Evremonde in Tale of Two Cities (1935), Pontius Pilate in The Last Days of Pompeii (1936), Karenin in Anna Karenina (1936) and Guy of Gisbourne in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). In 1939, he was cast as Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles, the first of 14 screen appearances as Conan Doyle's master detective. Rathbone also played Holmes on radio from 1939 to 1946.

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