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MARY WICKES - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 307185

MARY WICKES Unable to attend the annual Theatre World Awards party, she invites editor John Willis to lunch at Sardi's. She has signed again in the envelope's return address Autograph Letter signed: "Mary Wickes", 1 page, 8¼x10½. Mayflower Hotel, New York City, 1980 May 25. To "Dear Mr.

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MARY WICKES
Unable to attend the annual Theatre World Awards party, she invites editor John Willis to lunch at Sardi's. She has signed again in the envelope's return address
Autograph Letter signed: "Mary Wickes", 1 page, 8¼x10½. Mayflower Hotel, New York City, 1980 May 25. To "Dear Mr. Willis", in full: "I am so sorry my out-of-town guests made my attendance at the Award Party impossible. Thank you again for suggesting I bring them. It was very kind of you. If you have a space luncheon time open, please lunch with me at Sardi's. How about June 12th?" Mary Wickes (1910-1995) was a regular on ten weekly television series from 1953 to 1985. She is most familiar to modern moviegoers as Sister Mary Lazarus in both Sister Act comedies (1992 and 1993). She was also the voice of one of the gargoyles in Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame. After Wickes died in 1995, a few days before finishing the voice-over, Jane Withers did the remaining dialogue. Wickes appeared in over 50 films, including White Christmas (1954), Destry (1954), The Music Man (1962), Postcards from the Edge (1990) and Little Women (1994). A frequent Broadway performer from the late 1930s through the 1940s, she returned to the Great White Way in 1979 to play Aunt Eller in a revival of Oklahoma! 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. Normal mailing folds. Fine condition.

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