GRETCHEN WYLER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED CIRCA 1985 - HFSID 300985
GRETCHEN WYLER Handwritten postcard letter to Theatre World editor John Willis, sending regrets for his annual event Autograph Letter signed: "G", 5½x3½ personalized postcard addressed in her hand to John Willis, New York City.
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Handwritten postcard letter to Theatre World editor John Willis, sending regrets for his annual event
Autograph Letter signed: "G", 5½x3½ personalized postcard addressed in her hand to John Willis, New York City. Studio City, California, no date, but postmarked Van Nuys, California, May 30, 1985. In full: "Damn! Once again I shall miss your fun 'event'. Oddly enough arrive NYC 6/7 for ten days. You are so kind to keep me on your list. Please do! One day I shall arrange to attend. My best to you". GRETCHEN WYLER (1932-2007, born Gretchen Winnecke in Bartlesville, Oklahoma) appeared in a long list of made-for-television movies and TV series, from The NBC Comedy Hour (two episodes in 1956) to Judging Amy, Providence and Chicken Soup for the Soul (all 2000). Her Broadway credits included Guys and Dolls, Silk Stockings, Damn Yankees and Bye Bye Birdie. Among her film credits were Private Benjamin (1980) and The Marrying Man (1991). Wyler was also the founder of The Ark Trust, which presents the annual Genesis Awards for animal protection. Theatre World, founded in 1945 by Daniel Blum, is America's oldest annual record of Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatre, referenced by industry professionals, historians, students and theatre fans worldwide. Until 1998, when a separate nonprofit corporation was established, Theatre World's editorial staff bestowed the prestigious Theatre World Awards for outstanding Broadway and Off-Broadway debuts. Screen World (from 1950) and Dance World (from 1966), administered from the same office, furnished comprehensive information on those entertainment genres. 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. Fine condition.
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