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ETHEL SHUTTA - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/06/1973 - HFSID 316747

ETHEL SHUTTA A letter from the actress declining an invitation to the Annual Theatre World Awards due to a "liver disturbance" Autograph letter signed: "Ethel Shutta", in blue ink, 2 pages, 5¼x7¼. Accompanied by original mailing envelope. May 6, 1973. Newark, New York.

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ETHEL SHUTTA
A letter from the actress declining an invitation to the Annual Theatre World Awards due to a "liver disturbance"
Autograph letter signed: "Ethel Shutta", in blue ink, 2 pages, 5¼x7¼. Accompanied by original mailing envelope. May 6, 1973. Newark, New York. In part: "Dear John Willis, Many thanks for the nice invitation to Theatre World Award Party. I am sorry to refuse. I haven't been too well for a few months (liver disturbance) but the doctor says it is coming along fine". American actress Ethel Shutta (1896-1976) began her career touring with her family's singing group at the age of 7. In 1922 to she began appearing on Broadway and performed in several shows including The Passing Show of 1922 (1922), Marjorie (1924), Louie the 14th (1925) and Whoopee! (1928-1929). She reprised her role as Mary Custer in a 1930 film version of Whoopee! and also appeared in the 1965 film The Playground. Shutta acted on several television programs in the late 1950's like M Squad (1959), Wagon Train (1958-1960) and Overland Trail (1960). Her final Broadway performance was in Stephen Sondheim's Follies (1971-1972) playing the role Hattie Walker. 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. Fine condition.

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