JOAN FONTAINE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED CIRCA 1984 - HFSID 300562
JOAN FONTAINE ALS to Theatre World editor John Willis, responding to a birthday wish. Autograph Letter signed: "Joan Fontaine", 3½x6½. Personal note card addressed in her hand to "J. A. [John] Willis, 190 Riverside/N.Y. C. 10024", postmarked Salinas, California, October 17, 1984
Sale Price $272.00
ALS to Theatre World editor John Willis, responding to a birthday wish.
Autograph Letter signed: "Joan Fontaine", 3½x6½. Personal note card addressed in her hand to "J. A. [John] Willis, 190 Riverside/N.Y. C. 10024", postmarked Salinas, California, October 17, 1984. In full: "How kind of you to remember my birthday. My grateful thanks and kind wishes." Stage, screen and television actress JOAN FONTAINE (born Joan de Beavoir de Havilland in 1917) started in film in 1935, but her career took off in the 1940s, when she starred in two of Alfred Hitchcock's films, Rebecca (for which she received an Oscar nomination) and Suspicion (for which she received the Best Actress Academy Award in 1941). The younger sister of actress Olivia deHavilland, they were the first sisters to win Oscars and the first to be nominated for Academy Awards in the same year (1941). When Joan won the coveted statuette in 1941, the sisters, who were known for their jealous feuds, became permanently estranged. 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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