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JOSEPH SWEENEY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/28/1953 CO-SIGNED BY: DANIEL BLUM - HFSID 317091

The Theatre World founder sends a letter to actor Joseph Sweeney, requesting information to add him to the ninth volume of Theatre World, with the actor responding "there is nothing of note in a Biog[raphy] that would interest any reader. I want to forget about them."

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DANIEL BLUM and JOSEPHY SWEENEY
The Theatre World founder sends a letter to actor Joseph Sweeney, requesting information to add him to the ninth volume of Theatre World, with the actor responding "there is nothing of note in a Biog[raphy] that would interest any reader. I want to forget about them."
Typed letter signed: "Daniel Blum", "Joseph Sweeney", 1 page, 8½x11. January 28, 1953. New York City, New York. In full: "Dear Mr. Sweeney, We are collecting material for Volume Nine of THEATRE WORLD, the pictorial and statistical yearbook of the Broadway season, and we should like to have a complete record of you theatrical career in our files. Will please fill in the enclosed form and mail it to us. It is our editorial policy to publish in the biographical section as many portraits of actors as possible, for which there is no charge. We will appreciate your submitting a picture or pictures (8x10) that we may use and retain for our permanent file. Cordially". Handwritten response: "Dear Mr. Blum, Having spent the greater part of my life trying out new plays on Broadway there is nothing of note in a Biog that would interest any reader. I want to forget about them. Sincerely". DANIEL BLUM (1900-1964) founded Theatre World in 1945, serving as its chief editor until his death in 1964. Aided by Norman McDonald and John A. Willis (his successor as chief editor), Blum also conceived what would become the prestigious Theatre World Awards for promising new actors in the New York stage, Broadway and later off-Broadway as well. JOSEPH SWEENEY (1884-1963) was an actor of stage and film, most famously appearing as an elderly Juror #9 in Twelve Angry Men (1957). First beginning on the stage in the 1919 play The Whirlwind, Sweeney appeared in a long list of Broadway productions, appearing in 32 plays afterwards. Although none of the roles were starring roles, many of them were integral and important parts, with Sweeney portraying a wide range of characters. He also appeared in several television series, though none were recurring roles. The role of Juror #9 in Twelve Angry Men, his most prominent role, was originated by him in a 1954 Westinghouse Studio One live teleplay, of which the film was an adaptation. He continued to act until his death, passing away on November 25, 1963, the same day President John F. Kennedy was buried. Multiple folds. Corners lightly worn and creased. Toned. Slightly soiled. Light surface creases. Otherwise, fine condition.

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