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DAVID HOLLIDAY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 315160

DAVID HOLLIDAY The actor pens a letter to Theatre World Editor John Willis, detailing his work schedule for the year. Accompanied by signed, hand addressed letter. 2 itemes. Autograph letter signed: "David Holliday", in black ink, 1 page, 6¾x10½.

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DAVID HOLLIDAY
The actor pens a letter to Theatre World Editor John Willis, detailing his work schedule for the year. Accompanied by signed, hand addressed letter. 2 itemes.
Autograph letter signed: "David Holliday", in black ink, 1 page, 6¾x10½. Accompanied by signed, hand addressed envelope, signed, "Holliday." Buffalo, New York, no date. To "Dear Mr. Willis" In full: "One of these years I promise I'll be in NYC for your Theatre World Award Party! Tonight we finish our 'Oh Coward' run--then back to New York and my thrice robbed 44th St. apt. ('they carted everything that plugs in away while I was doing 'Sonnie Get Your Gun' in Laguna Beach with Teri Ralston, and 3½ months of 'Oh Coward!' in San Francisco.) Then Thursday I fly-flee back to Calif., join a buddy of mine, keeping him company as he sings his way over to Acapulco n' back on a ship. What a grand way to sun and study the scripts of 'Finian's Rainbow' and 'Gigi' which I'll be doing in Milwaukee at Melody Top on from June 18 to July 14th. Then, if John Kelley comes through, he has me tentatively booked for 'Oliver' (with Vincent Price as 'Fagin') and an original musical called 'Surprise Package' in Why of Why Ohio. That's my news so far, I've become a 'regional-actor'! Best best wishes to you--I'm sure the awards will be as super as always. I regret I shan't be able to be there with you but send along my wishes to you, for success, love, happiness, and laughter. Cheers!"". David Holliday (1932-1999) was an American actor of stage fame, most well-known for his role in Man of La Mancha (1965) as the day matinee version of Don Quixote. However, this was not his only role, as he appeared in several other Broadway and off-Broadway plays, including a starring role as Tony in London's West End version of West Side Story. Stage work was truly his passion, and it showed, earning a number of nominations and wins for his work, including four wins for Carbonell Awards for Best Actor in a musical. He never made many screen or film appearances, though he did appear as Vigil Tracy in the television series Thunderbirds (1965). Sadly, Holliday passed away in 1999 from cancer. 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. Normal mailing folds. Otherwise, fine condition.

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