MONTY "THE BEARD" WOOLLEY - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 83969
Sale Price $162.00
Monty Wooley signs a piece of red bordered paper in black ink.
Signature: "Monty/Woolley", 1¼x1¾ piece of paper attached to 1½x2¼ piece of ruled index card (two surfaces). MONTYWOOLLEY (1888-1963, born Edgar Montillion Wooley in New York City) was an Oscar-nominated American actor and stage director. Woolley was born into privilege at the New York City's Bristol Hotel - which his father owned - and grew up with the glitterati of his age. He became president of the Yale Dramatic Association and later, after serving as an intelligence officer in France during World War I, commandeered the Yale Experimental Theatre until 1927. Cole Porter, one of his high-placed friends, helped him break into professional theatre as a stage director. He had 10 Broadway credits, mostly as a director, between 1929 and 1941. Woolley got onto the big screen with an un-credited role in Ladies in Love (1936) and went on to appear in over 30 movies and TV shows. Woolley was known as "The Beard" for his full beard, which emphasized his intellectualism and easily typecast him. Among his most memorable performances were as the bombastic and authoritarian Sheridan Whiteside in the Broadway production The Man Who Came to Dinner (1939-1941, 739 performances) and its 1941 film adaptation. But he could also display great depth, as shown by his Oscar-nominated performances in The Pied Piper (1942) and Since You Went Away (1944). Lightly soiled. Ink name (unknown hand) below the signature.
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