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EUGENIE LEONTOVICH - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/15/1977 - HFSID 187137

EUGENIE LEONTOVICH The Russian Broadway star sends letter of thanks to the Society of Stage Directors, signs name in black ink Autograph letter signed: "Eugenie Leontovich" in black ink. 1 page, 5½x8. Written on personal stationary. Original envelope included. March 15, 1977. Addressed to Mr.

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EUGENIE LEONTOVICH
The Russian Broadway star sends letter of thanks to the Society of Stage Directors, signs name in black ink
Autograph letter signed: "Eugenie Leontovich" in black ink. 1 page, 5½x8. Written on personal stationary. Original envelope included. March 15, 1977. Addressed to Mr. David Samples of the Society of Stage Directors in New York City. In full: "I can not find words to thank you for the most kind and thoughtful way you have used [illegible] you've sent me the cover-page of the Playbill 9 I have not saved it (But, that is not the point). The point is that there was the man, who were good to me as an actress and that and other fine man, who took his time to let me know that he did. May the Lord keep his Soul in Peace, and may life treat you well for your wonderful kindness. Sincerely". 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. Corners creased. Ink corrections throughout. Otherwise, fine condition.

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