ERIC SINCLAIR - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/02/1982 - HFSID 317897
Sale Price $324.00
Theatre World Award-winning actor writes to John Willis, editor, about another actress
Autograph letter signed: "Eric" in brown ink. 2 pages, 5¾x7¾. Original envelope included. May 2, 1982. In full: "Dear John, How nice you are to always remember me on my birthday. Quite remarkable. Mon Dieu, this, my 60th! Ah well, onward and one hopes, upward! I am sure that I won't be able to attend the awards party on June 3rd as I seem stuck in California, worse luck. However, I would like to ask a special favor. I have a very dear friend, Harriet Medin, who toured and played on Broadway with Rex Harrison I the recent production of My Fair Lady and who is in New York. She played "Mrs. Eynsford-Hill" and also understudied Cathleen Nesbitt as "Mrs. Higgins". She went on many times for Miss Nesbitt, in fact, I think, opening night in New York. She is a fascinating woman as well as a splendid actress. She lived in Italy for 25 years working with directors like de Sica, Visconti, Antonioni, Fellini eh al. She also taught Lollabrigida to speak English and worked with her and John Huston on Beat the Devil. I only tell you all this to let you know I wouldn't ask that she receive an invitation in my place if she weren't a person of the profession, of value. If that could be arranged I would so appreciate it as your parties are heaven and I would so like her to have the experience and perhaps meet you. She would be escorted by another friend of mine, a fine actor named Thomas Carson. If she and Tom could come in my place I would be very grateful. Thanks and much happiness". Eric Sinclair (1922-2004) was a prolific stage, television and movie actor, with a career spanning almost fifty years. Sinclair made his Broadway debut in Legend of Lovers (1951) and later as Count Claudio of Florence in Much Ado About Nothing (1952) for which he won a Theatre World Award. He appeared in dozens of movies such as Cyrano de Bergerac (1950), War of the Satellites (1958), and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). Furthermore, his television credits include Robert Montgomery Presents (1955), Perry Mason (1957) and Days of Our Lives (1979). 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 Tonyfor Excellence in Theatre in 2001, continues under chief editor Ben Hodges. Normal mailing folds. Corners rounded. Fine condition.
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