EUGENIE LEONTOVICH - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/26/1947 - HFSID 201642
EUGENIE LEONTOVICH The Russian Broadway star send letter to friend, updating him on her current activities and thoughts, signs name in blue ink Autograph letter signed: "Genie" in black ink. 3 pages, 6x9. Addressed to producer "Robert Reud" of New York City. Original envelope included. November 26, 1947.
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The Russian Broadway star send letter to friend, updating him on her current activities and thoughts, signs name in blue ink
Autograph letter signed: "Genie" in black ink. 3 pages, 6x9. Addressed to producer "Robert Reud" of New York City. Original envelope included. November 26, 1947. In full: "I saw a beautiful play last night. It is also beautifully played and directed - both - by unknown people. I want to take you to see it when you are free. I think - that - there are many things can be done in the Theatre - many beautiful things - One has to have really love for it - plus knowledge imagination endless energy and good luck to be surrounded by right people. There are vast field for the theatre - but - good Theatre. I hope to talk to you on the matter when I see you - To-day is an other glorious day. It is like a good day in July - Again I miss you - for it is an other lovely day that could do you lot of good - I feel so selfish - having it all for myself. God bless you and speed you on your way to res. After rest - He will bless you with new and interesting work. Yours always". 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. Ink corrections throughout. Otherwise, fine condition.
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