KIRK DOUGLAS - CHRISTMAS / HOLIDAY CARD SIGNED - HFSID 301130
KIRK DOUGLAS The Award-winning actor sends a holiday card to John Willis, chief editor of Theatre World Holiday Card signed: "Seasons/Greetings/Kirk Douglas", 1 page, 4¾x6¾ folded, 9½x6¾ unfolded card illustrated with a lighthouse. Kirk Douglas (b.
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The Award-winning actor sends a holiday card to John Willis, chief editor of Theatre World
Holiday Card signed: "Seasons/Greetings/Kirk Douglas", 1 page, 4¾x6¾ folded, 9½x6¾ unfolded card illustrated with a lighthouse. Kirk Douglas (b. 1916), the epitome of the Hollywood hard man, made his film debut in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers in 1946. Three years later, he received his first Academy Award nomination for Champion (1949). Douglas, who received two other Oscar nominations, for The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) and Lust for Life (1956), both directed by Vincente Minnelli, also appeared in Spartacus (1960), Lonely Are the Brave (1962), The List of Adrian Messenger (1963), Seven Days in May (1964), In Harm's Way (1965) and numerous other feature and made for television films. In addition to his film work, which was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Film Institute in 1991 and an honorary Oscar by the Academy in 1995, Douglas has published two novels and an autobiography, The Ragman's Son (1988). Though he continued to appear in films, by the '80s Douglas began volunteering much of his time to civic duties. Since 1963, he had worked as a Goodwill Ambassador and, in 1981, his many contributions earned him the highest civilian award given in the U.S. - the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 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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