MAXINE ELLIOTT - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/22/1897 - HFSID 278002
Elliot wrote this to a theatre critic named Mr. Stewart in 1897 about a recent article that he had written. She also writes about Nat Goodwin, whom she married a year after writing this letter. Accompanied by an unsigned sepia-toned photo of Elliott by Vander Wyde of New York.
Sale Price $360.00
MAXINE ELLIOTT Elliot wrote this to a theatre critic named Mr. Stewart in 1897 about a recent article that he had written. She also writes about Nat Goodwin, whom she married a year after writing this letter. Accompanied by an unsigned sepia-toned photo of Elliott by Vander Wyde of New York. Autograph letter signed "Maxine Elliot". 3 pages, 8½x11, one-sided, written on ruled stationery from the Tampa Bay Hotel in Tampa, Florida. Feb. 22, 1897. Addressed to "Mr. Stewart". Mr. Stewart was apparently a theatre critic. Elliott thanks him in this letter because "you have conceded to me intelligence and decent breeding" in a recent article. She also discussed conditions on the road and Nat Goodwin, whom she married as her second husband a year after this letter was written. Lightly toned and creased. Tape remnants on left edge. Ink has bled through pages but has not transferred to other pages. Random ink stains. Folded once horizontally and twice vertically. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Unsigned photo of Elliott sitting at a desk and writing on some papers. B/w sepia-toned, 6½x4¾. With pencil notations inn unknown hand on verso. Stamped on verso in blue ink: "Vander Weyde,/Photographer,/New York.". Lightly toned, creased and bowed. Tape remnants on verso. Paper clip impressions at left edge. Light impressions and scratches (not visible head-on). Otherwise in fine condition. Elliott (1868-1940, born Jessie Dermott in Rockland, Maine) was an American actress. She made her first stage appearance in 1890 in The Middleman and got her first big break when Agustin Daly hired her to support his star Ada Rehan. She went on to appear in 21 Broadway productions, mostly in comedies and romances, between 1894 and 1920. She also took a brief stab at silent films, between 1913 and 1919. A shrewd businesswoman, she opened her own theatre in New York City, the Maxine Elliott Theatre, around 1908; the only Broadway theatre below 41st Street, it was demolished 20 years after her death. Elliott took a sabbatical from acting during World War I for war relief in Belgium, and then, after her final Broadway appearance in 1920's Trimmed in Scarlet, called it quits for good, choosing to rest instead on her investments.
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