LEO GENN - AUTOGRAPH RESUME SIGNED - HFSID 303339
Sale Price $324.00
The English actor's handwritten resume from the archive of Theatre World and Screen World, citing his many theatre and film works
Autograph Resume signed, 1 page, 8½x11. New York City, no date. Printed biographical form on which signer has supplied details: date and place of birth, education and professional training, and stage and screen experience. Leo Genn (1905-1978, born in London, England) started out as a barrister - he had a relaxed charm and smooth voice that suited him well for the job - but was bit by the acting bug soon after getting his legal qualifications. He made his debut on stage in 1930 and performed on the London stage and in a few movies while supporting himself as a lawyer. Genn gave up law in 1939 for his Broadway debut in The Flashing Stream. All told, Genn had over 70 movies and TV shows and six Broadway plays to his credit, including a triumphant performance in the Broadway production of Lillian Hellman's Another Part of the Forest (1946-1947) and an Oscar nominated performance as Gaius Petronius, Nero's counselor, in Quo Vadis?. His acting career was put on hold by World War II; he was promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1943 and received the Croix de Guerre in 1945. The Allies tapped Genn's legal training after the war; he investigated the Belsen concentration camp and later became an assistant prosecutor in the resulting trials against the camp's SS staff.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 Tonyfor Excellence in Theatre in 2001, continues under chief editor Ben Hodges. Normal mailing folds. Lightly creased. Lightly toned at edges. Minor notch at bottom right corner. Otherwise, fine condition.
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