EUGENIE LEONTOVICH - AUTOGRAPH LETTER DOUBLE SIGNED 12/03/1947 - HFSID 201648
EUGENIE LEONTOVICH The Tony Award-winning actress sends affectionate letter to friend, happy to be getting to know him, signs name in blue ink Autograph letter signed: "Genie" and "E." in blue ink. 3 pages, 6x8¼. Addressed to "Robert Reud" of New York City. Original envelope included. December 3, 1947.
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The Tony Award-winning actress sends affectionate letter to friend, happy to be getting to know him, signs name in blue ink
Autograph letter signed: "Genie" and "E." in blue ink. 3 pages, 6x8¼. Addressed to "Robert Reud" of New York City. Original envelope included. December 3, 1947. In full: "Dear Lamb: Your letters in which you have, first time, mentioned the word "train" came to me and brought me a new joy from you - an old one is your book - though these few stories you have marked in it - I am learning about you - for to be honest I have seen you and talk to you just a few times! The force which draw me so close to you - is my believe that you are the person whom I need in the time of my life, when I was desperately in need for a friend, for a companion, for one who is as simple and complicated as you are my Lamb - So through this wise book I am learning a little more about you - Do come soon, don't hesitate - I have such a wonderful feeling that we shall do some wonderful things - Don't think, that I shall ever take advantage of you being a "Gentleman from Verona" I mean from Carolina - come to the Ocean to the seagulls, to me - to take you out to you adoring waters. God speed you to us. Lovingly". Post script: "I told Mary, that you are coming soon - she is happy about it". Broadway producer and press agent Robert Reud, whom these letters are addressed to, was involved with New York theatre for over twenty years, including productions of Hello, Daddy (1929), Our Town (1938), The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1943), Ramshackle Inn (1944), The Odds on Mrs. Oakley (1944), and Duet for Two Hands (1947); he was friends with many actresses including Elisabeth Bergner and Greta Garbo. EUGENIE LEONTOVICH (1900-1993) was a Russian-born American stage actress who also appeared on film and television, described as "one of the most colorful figures of the 20th-century theatre, a successful actress, producer, playwright and teacher". Born in Moscow, after studying at the city's Imperial School of Dramatic Art and the Moscow Art Theatre, Leontovich suffered tragedy when her father and brothers, officers in the Russian Imperial Army, were murdered by the Bolsheviks during the Revolution; she eventually found her way to New York and mastered English, leading her to Broadway stardom. She was first noticed as the dancer Grusinkaya in Grand Hotel (1930), and went on to appear as Lilly Garland in Twentieth Century (1932), and on the West End as Archduchess in Tovarich (1935). Leontovich originated the role of the Dowager Empress in the Broadway production of Anastasia (1954), the Queen in Cave Dwellers (1957) for which she won a Tony Award for Best Actress in 1958, and Mademoiselle Kuprin in A Call on Kuprin (1961), and in 1972 wrote her own adaptation of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, going on to star and direct the production. She often appeared on film in productions of The Rains of Ranchipur (1955) and The Rains Came (1939). She spent the rest of her life as a teacher, referred to as "Madame" at her schools in New York and Chicago. Normal mailing folds. Lightly toned. Light surface creases. Corners creased. Ink corrections throughout. Otherwise, fine condition.
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