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JOSEPH LEON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 306827

The actor pens a letter to the chief editor of Theatre World, reflecting on credits in his resume Autograph Letter signed: "Joseph Leon" in blue ink, 1p, 8½x11. 30 Lincoln Plaza, Apt 24-0, New York, New York 10023. 20 April. To "Dear John Willis".

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JOSEPH LEON
The actor pens a letter to the chief editor of Theatre World, reflecting on credits in his resume
Autograph Letter signed: "Joseph Leon" in blue ink, 1p, 8½x11. 30 Lincoln Plaza, Apt 24-0, New York, New York 10023. 20 April. To "Dear John Willis". In full: "Here's the head shot, as requested. The bio in the program of 'Fools' is, I would assume, up to date. As one ages, rather works more, the credits pick up, and there is such an interesting procedure of discarding - short lived artistic events, unpleasant ambiances, bad reviews, a forgettable role, a John Simon poison dart and/or something that never opened! And then of course there are the theatrical events that were suffused with love, with high standards, with brilliant bursts of creativity even that carried into other developments. The advantage of maturity, of surviving well in theatre is a delicious objectivity./ Sincerely." JOSEPH LEON (1918-2001) was a Broadway actor and stage manager who worked on over twenty Broadway productions. He played the title role in The Merchant (1976), filling in after Zero Mostel's death. Leon was known for his character acting, and although his style was considered campy by some, he was widely praised among his peers for his work. Leon would continue to appear on Broadway until 1987. He also acted in films and on television, appearing in movies such as Sophie's Choice (1982) as the character Dr. Blackstock. Before his death, Leon began writing short stories, and even penned an autobiography. 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. Edges lightly worn. Creases along right margin. Otherwise, fine condition.

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