GLADYS SWARTHOUT - TYPED LETTER TWICE SIGNED 08/09/1943 - HFSID 297418
Sale Price $324.00
She thanks a friend for her reactions to a recent performance of "Carmen"
Typed Letter signed twice: "Gladys Swarthout" and "G.S.", 1 page, 7¼x10½. New York City, New York, 1943 August 9. On her personal Metropolitan Opera House letterhead and addressed to Miss Marcia Sloat, Ridgewood, New Jersey. In full: "Dear Mac: This is just a note to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed your letter describing your reactions to the "Carmen" performance. I took it down to Quantico, when I went for a visit, and we both found your thoughts and notes very interesting. With cordial regards, I am Sincerely yours P.S. Your letter came just as I was sending this off. The interview, and your writing of it, is excellent and both have my approval." Famed opera singer turned movie star Gladys Swarthout (1900-1969), who had made her operatic debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1929, was one of the Met's finest mezzo sopranos, performing a repertoire of 25 roles, including Carmen, her signature role. After a number of her peers, including Jeanette MacDonald, Lily Pons and Grace Moore, found success in films, Swarthout was courted by Paramount Pictures and made her silver screen debut in 1936 in Rose of the Ranch, in which she played dual roles. Although her films, which also included Give Us This Night (1936), Champagne Waltz (1937), Romance in the Dark (1938) and Ambush (1939), fizzled at the box office, Swarthout went on to enjoy a successful radio career. She not only guest starred on a number of radio shows, but Swarthout also hosted her own radio show in New York City, and she was named the No. 1 classical radio singer during WWII. Normal mailing folds. Lightly creased. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.
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