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LINDA DARNELL - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/12/1954 - HFSID 278993

Darnell signed this typed letter to a Stanley from Republic Studio in California in 1954, just before shooting of Dakota Incident. In it, she talks about various subjects, including her drawing, her adopted daughter Lola, her ranch house... and, while she's at it, a little business.

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LINDA DARNELL
Darnell signed this typed letter to a Stanley from Republic Studio in California in 1954, just before shooting of Dakota Incident. In it, she talks about various subjects, including her drawing, her adopted daughter Lola, her ranch house... and, while she's at it, a little business.
Typed letter signed "Linda" in violet ink. 1 page, 8¼x10¾, on thin paper. Republic Studio, North Hollywood, California, April 12, 1954. Addressed to "Stanley"; we're not sure who this is. This letter appears to have been written just before the shooting of Dakota Incident, which was produced by Republic Pictures in 1956. She briefly mentions rehearsals and fittings for the film, which began on March 29, 1954, and a trip to Rome that she had to make in June to negotiate a series of films. But she devotes most of the letter to her and Stanley's drawings: "I started using a Flo*Master pen..which has felt tips instead of a steel point, although they are broad, one can make rather interesting effects, some surprisingly delicate." She also mentions her adopted and only child, Charlotte Mildred Marley, also known as Lola - "Lola is simply marvelous....doing very well in school and also in her piano and dancing classes. What a ham she is turning out to be....but sweet and the joy of my life." - and her ranch -"I'm feeling really quite fit and chipper ..the ranch had done wonders for me, mentally and physically." Darnell (1923-1965, born Monetta Eloyse Darnell in Dallas, Texas) scored a personal triumph in 1944's September Storm and starred in the much-sought-after leading role in 1947's Forever Amber. She followed up this triumph with two of her best parts: Paul Douglas' "wrong side of the tracks" wife in A Letter to Three Wives (1949) and Richard Widmark's racist girlfriend in No Way Out (1950). Tragically, Darnell died in 1965 of severe burns suffered in a house fire. Ironically, she had a lifelong fear of dying in flames, speaking publicly of her phobia after appearing in a "burned at the stake" sequence in the 1946 film Anna and the King of Siam. Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Lightly torn on right edge. Folded twice horizontally and once vertically. Otherwise in fine condition.

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