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BLANCHE YURKA - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 09/02/1969 - HFSID 132040

BLANCHE YURKA Content-rich autograph letter signed by her in 1969, discussing her forthcoming London stage appearance and completing her autobiography Autograph Letter signed: "Blance", 2 pages (front and verso), 6x9. New York, N.Y., 1969 September 2. On personal letterhead to Viola Rubber.

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BLANCHE YURKA
Content-rich autograph letter signed by her in 1969, discussing her forthcoming London stage appearance and completing her autobiography
Autograph Letter signed: "Blance", 2 pages (front and verso), 6x9. New York, N.Y., 1969 September 2. On personal letterhead to Viola Rubber. In full: "As my phone is cut off pending my departure today (BOAC) I am sending this last little message of hope that you may be able to fly over to see our 'Madwoman.' As we are a week late starting rehearsals the opening may be delayed- (Leontovitch had to have an extra week on rehearsals for her play!) So I will send you word when I know the exact date. Meanwhile, I am a little concerned over not having received any response to my letter to Bette, which I sent to the address you gave me- (1 Crooked mile-Westport) As the University Press asked for a 'foreword' from her in preference to one of two other former colleagues of mine. I hope she will accede to their request. I am of the impression that she is in Hollywood, working, which would explain the delay of course, but in publishing I understand "Time is of the Essence" Can you ascertain why she has not answered me? Always your happy .Madwoman'". Accompanied by original envelope, addressed in her hand. Trained in opera, Blanche Yurka (1887-1974) chose a career in acting instead. She made her Broadway stage appearance in 1910, her final one in 1967, excelling in tragic roles, Greek, Shakespearean and modern. She avoided films at first, but made a stunning debut as Madame DeFarge in A Tale of Two Cities (1935). Other noteworthy film appearances included two 1944 films: The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Song of Bernadette. Her London performance in a revival of The Madwoman of Chaillot (1970), anticipated in this letter, was her final stage role. Yurka wrote an influential acting textbook, Dear Audience (1960), and recorded under the same title a 2-volume Folkways collection of classic scenes from great plays. Her autobiography Bohemian Girl, appeared in 1970. Viola Rubber, the addressee, was a Broadway producer, nominated for a Tony for Night of the Iguana (1962). The "Bette" referred to in the letter was Bette Davis, a longtime fan of Yurka's. (Davis once observed that watching Yurka perform on Broadway in The Wild Duck (1925) had inspired her to become an actress.) Normal mailing fold creases. Fine condition.

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