MICHAEL TODD - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 43354
Sale Price $573.75
MIKE TODD. ALS: "Mike Todd", 1p, 6x8. Irvington, no date. To Walter. In full: "The enclosed letter from our mutual friend Lloyd Lewis - the first sentence because he is in the midst of the life of Grant. The last paragraph was phrased so beautiful the thought may not be new (it is to me) but here it is - On Thanksgiving Day - I really want to say Thanks & from Joan. Born Avrom Hirsch Golbogen in 1907, MIKE TODD became known as "Mr. Showman" for producing big budget Broadway shows. Todd is perhaps best known for producing the 1956 Hollywood spectacular, Around the World In 80 Days, the adaptation of Jules Verne's 1872 novel. The movie, which was the second filmed in his Todd-AO process, featured a cast of name stars and exotic locations and received six Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Score, Best Editing, Best Cinematography and Best Adapted Screenplay) and was also nominated for a Best Director Oscar (Michael Anderson). Todd, who had risked his personal fortune to bring the film to the screen, met actress Elizabeth Taylor shortly after he finished production and immediately announced his intention to marry her. Taylor accompanied him on a worldwide tour to promote his film, and the two were married on February 2, 1957, the day after her divorce from British actor Michael Wilding became final. Taylor and Todd, the love of her life, had an eight-month-old daughter at the time he was killed in the crash of his plane, Lucky Liz, on March 23, 1958. After his death, she inherited the Todd-AO process that he had developed. Lloyd Lewis was an author who was likely working on Captain Sam Grant (1950) at the time of this letter. He had earlier written Sherman, Fighting Prophet (1932). Lightly creased, light diagonal crease touches the "Mi" of Mike. Pencil notes (unknown hand) at upper right margin. Overall, fine condition.
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