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CARLETON CARPENTER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/25/1982 - HFSID 314663

CARLETON CARPENTER The actor writes he is "heartsick" he can't attend a party for John Willis, chief editor of Theatre World Autograph letter signed: "Carleton," 1 page, 5½x3½. No place, May 25, 1982. To John Willis, chief editor of Theatre World, New York City.

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CARLETON CARPENTER
The actor writes he is "heartsick" he can't attend a party for John Willis, chief editor of Theatre World
Autograph letter signed: "Carleton," 1 page, 5½x3½. No place, May 25, 1982. To John Willis, chief editor of Theatre World, New York City. In full: "I'm locking up Your Daughters until June 12 at Goodspeed. (Have been there since Mar 1st). I'm heartsick. Your party is my favorite way I begin the summer. I'll miss you all. Give a big hug to my darling Mary Anne, it al. Have a ball or two. See you next year." Carleton Carpenter (b. 1926) was a professional musician and Broadway actor before signing a contract with MGM in 1949. He acted in both dramatic roles (Take the High Ground, 1953) and musicals. In Two Weeks with Love (1950), his duet of "Abba Dabba Honeymoon" with Debbie Reynolds stole the film from more senior stars and became a million-selling record. Carpenter has also composed songs performed by Billy Eckstine and others. Beginning in the 1960s, he shifted his focus from acting to write mystery novels and short stories. One of his books, Deadhead, was turned into a Broadway play. John A. Willis (1916-2010), active in Theatre World from the beginning, became its chief editor in 1965, holding that position until 2008. Willis is regarded as one of the foremost theatre and film historians of the 20th century. While producing (and presenting) the annual Theatre World Awards, Willis also served on the nominating committee for the Tony Awards. Theatre World, which received its own Tony for Excellence in Theatre in 2001, continues under chief editor Ben Hodges. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.

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