BLITHE SPIRIT PLAY CAST - INSCRIBED SHOW BILL SIGNED CIRCA 1955 CO-SIGNED BY: EVA GABOR, PAULA LAURENCE, ALAN MANSON, ANNA MINOT, MURIEL PEARCE - HFSID 317468
Sale Price $378.00
BLITHE SPIRIT PLAY CAST: EVA GABOR, PAULA LAURENCE, ALAN MANSON and ANNA MINOT
Members of a veteran Broadway cast sign the program for a performance of the Noel Coward play in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
Program inscribed and signed: "To Joanne/Best Luck/Eva Gabor", "Good luck Joanne/dear & many thanks/Paula Laurence", "Good luck/Anna Minot", "To Joanne with all best/Wishes! Muriel Pearce", "To the/loveliest prop/girl ever/Alan Manson", 6 pages, 6x9. Program for a production of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit in the Marblehead (Massachusetts) High School Auditorium, Week of August 15, 1955. Signed on front cover. Hungarian-born actress EVA GABOR (1919-1995) is best known as socialite turned farm wife Lisa Douglas on the popular TV series, Green Acres (1965-1971). Gabor, who also appeared in the role on Petticoat Junction (1965-1969), had made her film debut in 1941. Her film credits include The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954), My Man Godfrey (1957), Gigi (1958) and Youngblood Hawke (1964), and Gabor also provided voices for the animated films The Aristocats (1970), The Rescuers (1977) and The Rescuers Down Under (1990, her last film). The first of the Gabor sisters to come to the U.S. from Hungary, Eva was divorced and married five times; sister Magda was married six times and sister Zsa Zsa was married nine times. Eva is credited with saying, "Marriage is too interesting an experiment to be tried only once." PAULA LAURENCE (1916-2005)appeared in Broadway plays for over 30 years, having just appeared in The Time of Your Life when she joined the tour for Blithe Spirit. She played Roxanne's duenna in Jose Ferrer's first appearance as Cyrano de Bergerac (1946). Laurence performed on stages, nightclubs and in recording studios for 70 years. She played a diva on Crossing Delancey (1988), singing "Some Enchanted Evening". Seen in several TV plays of the 1950s, she last appeared in that medium in two episodes of Law & Order (1993-1994). She played "Hannah Stokes" in the cult TV gothic soap Dark Shadows (1970).ALAN MANSON (1918-2002) acquired a taste for show business when, as a World War II soldier, he appeared in the stage and movie versions of This is the Army (1942), performing at the White House for the Roosevelt's. His was on his way to an illustrious Broadway career until an unjust accusation of communism sympathies stalled his career in 1955. He returned to Broadway in The Tenth Man (1959), and found a niche as a reliable TV character actor, often cast as a judge, doctor, or other authority figure. He appeared in 6 episodes of Kojak as detective Steve Nicola. ANNA MINOT (WARREN), 1918-2002) appeared on and off Broadway in classic plays like O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh, and was a member of the Pearl Theatre Company for 20 years. Seen frequently in the live TV plays of the early 1950s, she was in the cast of As the World Turns from 1966 to 1970. She was married to actor Joseph Warren from 1950 until his death in 1993. Creased, lightly toned. Moderate adhesive residue on verso. Edges lightly worn and stained. Otherwise, fine condition.
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