JOAN CRAWFORD - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 1927 - HFSID 47542
JOAN CRAWFORD Academy Award-winning actress Joan Crawford wrote this letter on her personalized stationery in 1927 from "my Home, the only place where I am able to hide, the only place in all the World" after a hectic train ride, where she apologizes for the recipient seeing "the real me".
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Academy Award-winning actress Joan Crawford wrote this letter on her personalized stationery in 1927 from "my Home, the only place where I am able to hide, the only place in all the World" after a hectic train ride, where she apologizes for the recipient seeing "the real me". Accompanied with original mailing envelope.
Autograph letter signed "Joan". With pencil notations in upper right corner in unknown hand. 2 pages, 7¾x10¼ 1 sheet, front and verso, on Crawford's personalized stationery with rough edges. Addressed from "Home". In full: "Dan dear. Everything happened so fast that I didnt [sic] know anything myself till I was on the train, In two hours time I had to pack eight bags, and four trunks, and catch a train with people like Harriet Underhill in between I know you'll forgive me but gee, Dan I was very miserable while in New York. Perhaps it was because I was so unhappy, that you saw the real me. Please forgive for that too? But Im [sic] home now, Home where I can run away from everyone and hide till I want, to come out of my shell, Home where Im [sic] able to relax. Home where the dear walls know my every secret. Well after all Dan dont [sic] you understand, its [sic] just my Home, the only place where I am able to hide, the only place in all the World. I can run to and as I walk in my front Gate and close it it seems as if Im [sic] closing the Gate to all activities all Human beings and deeds, Im [sic] in my world, to do as I well. Now do you know? My walls do not expect me to act, to be a woman or to be a lady. They expect only the child, who play's [sic] with her toys or they expect my tear's [sic]. Im [sic] so afraid this letter shall bore you, for Ive [sic] been rambling again Thanks so much for the clipping. And know that your faith in me and my success, will help me to attain that success. Please never lose that faith in". Lightly toned and creased. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Original mailing envelope, hand-addressed in Crawford's hand. Addressed to Mr. Dan Mahony, New York City. Postmarked Culver City, California, Sept. 22, 1927. With one 2¢ red-and-white stamp affixed. Lightly toned and creased. Lightly discolored around edges. Normal bank stamps, which don't touch signature. Neatly cut open at top edge. Otherwise in fine condition. Crawford (1904-1977, born Lucille Fay LeSueur in San Antonio, Texas) shot to stardom on the strength of 1928's Our Dancing Daughters, starring as Diana "Di" Medford, a role originally intended for Clara Bow. The film was hugely successful, and MGM soon doubled her salary and began featuring her name on marquees. Unlike so many stars of the period, Crawford successfully made the transformation from the silents to the sound era, although she preferred the silents. Crawford, originally a professional dancer, had made her film debut in 1925. She won a Best Actress Academy Award for Mildred Pierce (1945) and was nominated for Best Actress Oscars for Possessed (1947) and Sudden Fear (1952). A tell-all memoir, Mommie Dearest (1978, later made into a feature film), by her daughter Christina, portrayed Crawford as unfeeling and ruthlessly ambitious. However, Crawford was a faithful correspondent with her large fan base.
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