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CAROLYN COATES - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/22/1975 - HFSID 316143

The actress writes to John Willis, Editor of Theatre World, informing him she be will unable to attend the Theatre World Awards due to working Autograph letter signed: "Carolyn Coates", in blue ink, 5x7½ open flat, 5x3¾. Included is the original mailing envelope.

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CAROLYN COATES
The actress writes to John Willis, Editor of Theatre World, informing him she be will unable to attend the Theatre World Awards due to working
Autograph letter signed: "Carolyn Coates", in blue ink, 5x7½ open flat, 5x3¾. Included is the original mailing envelope. April 22, 1975. New York City, New York. In full: "Dearest John - open May 9th at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven - in Richard III. So regret that I won't be able to come this year - but am so pleased at working - I will be thinking of you and will miss not being there - My love to you as always -". Carolyn Coates (1927-2005) began her career as a stage actress in children's theater. Known for her portrayal of strong women, she played Madam Irma in The Balcony (1959) and Hecuba in The Trojan Women (1965), Tony Award winningplay Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1965), The Seagull, and The Cherry Orchard (1974).Coats also starred in a number of television series and specials such as: Dallas (1979), Knots Landing (1980), Lou Grant (1981), The Waltons (1981), Remmington Steele (1984). The actress had reoccurring roles on Benson (1983-1984) , and St. Elsewhere (1985). She won a Theater World Award for her 1963 performancein The Trojan Horse . She starred in the Oscar winning movie The Hustler(1961) with Paul Newman , as well as Mommy Dearest (1981) and The Buddy System (1984). In 1986 she took a nine year sabbatical from the Entertainment world to focus on philanthropic work to volunteer at hospitals and hotlines for AIDS Project Los Angeles and the Gay Men's Health Crisisin New York. 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. Light surface creases. Fine condition.

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