CLAUDE RAINS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 1952 - HFSID 280896
Sale Price $252.00
Autograph letter to his daughter on an artistic post card, signed "Fa Fa"
Autograph Letter signed: "Love Fa Fa", 5½x3½ black and white picture postcard. Addressed in his hand to "Jennifer Rains/C/o Paul Rue Esq/RD3 West Chester/Pa/U.S.A.". One 6-cent stamp affixed. In full: "Eater 1952 Darling - with some time for France we came here - 200 miles of English walls and [illegible]it exception to bathroom check[illegible] miles and) 200 in/act.". From the estate of Claude Rains.Rains (1889-1967), who played the title role in The Invisible Man (1933), was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor in 1939 (as the "bought" Senator Paine in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington), 1943 (Inspector Louis Renault in Casablanca), 1944 (title role in Mr. Skeffington) and 1946 (Ingrid Bergman's Nazi husband in Notorious). This letter was written to his daughter Jennifer, who had grown up with Rains and her mother, Frances Propper (Rain's third of 6 wives) on a farm near West Chester. When she became an actor like her father, Jenni changed her name to Jessica to avoid confusion with another actress. Rains signed his letters to his daughter in a variety of ways, including "Fa Fa" and "Pie Face". "C C" must have had a special meaning to her too. Paper loss at upper left and right. Lightly worn at corners. Otherwise, fine condition.
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