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MADGE KENDAL - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 206363

MADGE KENDAL She invites friends to tea, promising that "Miss Blossom will be there too." This is a jest; Miss Blossom was a character Kendal played on stage. Autograph Letter signed: "Madge Kendal", 4½x3½ card. No place, no date.

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Condition: slightly soiled, otherwise fine condition
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MADGE KENDAL
She invites friends to tea, promising that "Miss Blossom will be there too." This is a jest; Miss Blossom was a character Kendal played on stage.
Autograph Letter signed: "Madge Kendal", 4½x3½ card. No place, no date. To "Dear Sarah Crofton", in full: "Come to this Tea will you - & see me & yourr old friend Miss Blossom. She will be there too. She always goes out to tea with me. Yrs sincerely". Madge Kendal (1848-1935) born in Great Gimsby, England, married actor William (Grimston) Kendal (1843-1917), who took her name, in 1869, and the couple starred in stage performances from Shakespeare to the "fairy comedies" of W. S. Gilbert, touring the US for the first time in 1889. The Kendal's, who helped restore respectability to the London theatre after a period of disrepute, retired in 1908. Outliving her husband by nearly two decades, she became a Dame Grand Cross of the British Empire in 1927. The reference to Miss Blossom, who "always goes out to tea with me" is a humorous one. Kendal popularized the character of "Dorothy Blossom" in the stage comedy "The Elder Miss Blossom." Toned. Slightly soiled. Ink slightly smeared on signature, but legible. Otherwise, fine condition.

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