MAE MARSH - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 189626
MAE MARSH. ALS: "Mae", 3p, 8½x10½. Hermosa Beach, California, no date. To "Dearest Anita", author and screenwriter Anita Loos. In full: "For the life of me I cant (sic) remember where I put V.
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MAE MARSH. ALS: "Mae", 3p, 8½x10½. Hermosa Beach, California, no date. To "Dearest Anita", author and screenwriter Anita Loos. In full: "For the life of me I cant (sic) remember where I put V. Lindsay's letters you returned to me some years ago. - I've found to my surprise letters from Geo Hill written over seas (sic) War I (Neal) Sheldon, and oh so many from friends here and gone, even from mother Gish dated 1920 - I know I had some from Vachel especially the one he wrote before my Mary was born - asking me to name my first child after him - if a boy name it 'Vachel' and if a girl name her 'Rachel' and in doing so it would show I remembered him. - So I called it Mary. You throw roses my way darling when you ask me to write my memoirs - Even a letter is a great intaking (sic) - I'd hate to think, what I'd do with a script. Well!! was I shocked - I took the (Chinese Nightingale) down to read his inscription on the front page - and there was no front page, it had been torn out. (I guess by some jealous hussey). I wondered if page 64 would be intacked (sic) Yes, there it was with the beautiful poem he wrote to me and autographed Nicholas Vachel Lindsay. I remember Vachel's quotation in the front of the book as - To Mae Marsh with my deepest affection and for whom I have to say of thee turn to page 64 N.V.L. I can hardly waite (sic) to read your book and am so thrilled I'll be mentioned. All the lives I've lived seven in all - five have been very dull, troubles are dull, bragging about your children and grandchildren is prohibited so boring to ones not concerned. - So I guess if I'm to see the N.Y. Fair it will be on T.V. surrounded by some of my eight grandchildren This seventh life I am living at present living is the happiest. I am proud to say so far all the children and grandchildren have stayed out of jail - what the future may bring I cant (sic) say. Please forgive me for not answering your letter sooner -- but - I was invited for the weekend to have fun at Palm Springs and the weekend turned into a week and just a little more - All love and kisses from the old gal from the old movies '[illegible]' which way - ?? -" Handwritten postscript, signed: "Mae". In full: "P.S. Wish I had something that would make me look famous -? -in the line of words - I mean". Poet VACHEL LINDSAY had written a poem about Marsh in 1917, when she was at the height of her popularity, and the two remained friends and mutual admirers. "Mother Gish" was actress MARY GISH, the mother of silent screen superstars LILLIAN AND DOROTHY GISH. MAE MARSH (1894-1968), born Mary Wayne Marsh, made her film debut in 1910 (Ramona). She made several silents for Mack Sennett and D. W. Griffith, including the major role of little sister, Flora Cameron, in Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915) and "The Dear One" in Intolerance: Love's Struggles Throughout the Ages (1916). After being signed by Samuel Goldwyn in 1916, Marsh, who was billed as "The Whim Girl", made a few films before "retiring" in 1918. She later starred in several Hollywood and British films, before returning to the screen full-time after the Crash of 1929. A favorite of director John Ford, Marsh appeared in several of his films, including The Grapes of Wrath (1940). How Green Was My Valley (1941), My Darling Clementine (1946) and The Quiet Man (1952). Marsh, who also guest starred on two TV series, Bonanza (1959) and Wagon Train (1960), made her last film appearance in 1964's Cheyenne Autumn. A former child actress, ANITA LOOS became a screenwriter at age 20, contributing to more than 60 silent films. In 1925, she published Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, the story of Lorelei Lee, a "dumb blonde" character based on herself, who had a penchant for rich men and diamonds. The book was made into a New York play in 1926, a Broadway musical starring Carol Channing (1949) and a film starring Marilyn Monroe (1953). Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Light show through of writing. Nicked at upper right corner of first page, which has ½-inch tear. Fine condition.
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