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KAREN MORLEY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/22/1931 - HFSID 22542

KAREN MORLEY ALS from 1931, the year of her first films, thanking an artist who has drawn her portrait Autograph Letter signed: "Karen Morley", 2 pages (front and verso), 5½x3½ note carde. Culver City, California, 1931 July 22.

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KAREN MORLEY
ALS from 1931, the year of her first films, thanking an artist who has drawn her portrait
Autograph Letter signed: "Karen Morley", 2 pages (front and verso), 5½x3½ note carde. Culver City, California, 1931 July 22. To Margery Braine, in full: "Thank you so much for your kind little note of appreciation - and I'm indeed happy to know you're enjoying my work. Personally, I think you have quite a future ahead of you in your work - and would surely advise leaving nothing undone to perfect yourself in every way. The sketch you made of me was undoubtedly very good - and I hesitate to autograph it and send it back as I should like to keep it. Will very gladly grant your request for a photograph - and will mail that & your sketch back under separate cover. [Items not included.] Sincerely". Karen Morley (1909-2003), originally hired as a stand-in for Greta Garbo during screen tests, was given an MGM contract in 1931 and began appearing regularly in major supporting roles, with occasional leads. Among her best known films were Scarface (1932) and Kentucky (1938). Her career came to an abrupt halt after she refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1951 and was blacklisted. She continued her political activism, running for Lieutenant Governor of New York on the American Labor Party ticket in 1954. Generally refusing acting offers after the blacklist was lifted, she did appear in one episode of Kojak in 1973. In the year she signed this letter, Morley appeared in her first eight films in 1931, including the presciently titled Politics. Multiple pin-sized holes around edges. Lightly toned with corners lightly chipped. Otherwise, fine condition.

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