DIANA "LADY DIANA COOPER" MANNERS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED CIRCA 1978 - HFSID 294810
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DIANA "LADY DIANA COOPER" MANNERS
The English actress, writer and socialite sends a letter to American actress Kitty Carlisle Hart.
Autograph Letter signed: "Diana C", 2 pages, 4½x7. Accompanied by an unsigned photograph. 10 Warwick Avenue (London), with postmark of March 25, 1978. To Kitty (Mrs. Moss) Hart, in full: "Oh! Kitty Hart dear. I wanted to see you better than the way I did. To give you messages from Claus Moser. To talk of old times. I did telephone on & off. It was the blizzards, the ice that makes me totally dependent on others. I could not even walk from door to taxi - because if I fall on the ice I break. Hell, I'm back home to my Mimi & my doglet, & all the friends who had not noticed my absence. & I am most awfully glad I went. Glad too at being treated so festively & so affectionately. When was it I saw a nice bit of you? Was I staying with the then Pam Hayward? Dearest Kitty keep in touch. I'll try and get over again to see what I call the last attachment Nigel Ryan. But I'm disgustingly old - deaf as a post, blind as a bat, artificial legs - no taste buds or smelling joys - no choice! Love". Lady Diana Cooper (1892-1986), born Diana Mannersand later billed that way in film credits, was an English actress, author and socialite. She was active in a circle of aristocratic intellectuals known as "the Coterie" until World War I resulted in the death of most of its members. She married a surviving member, parliamentarian and diplomat Duff Cooper. When Duff Cooper was elevated as Viscount Norwich in 1952, his wife asked not to be called Viscountess Norwich, preferring still to be called Lady Cooper. Cooper became a stage and silent film actress in the 1920s, starring as Elizabeth I in The Virgin Queen (1923), the first English color film. She also wrote a newspaper column and a three-volume autobiography. Many novelists, including Evelyn Waugh, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Nancy Mitford, modeled characters after Cooper.This letter is addressed to, and was in the estate of, versatile singer, actress and TV personality Kitty Carlisle (1910-2007), who was still performing a one-woman show as late as 2006. She was married to playwright Moss Hart until his death in 1961. Multiple mailing folds. Lightly creased. Fine condition.
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