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MONTY "THE BEARD" WOOLLEY - SHOW BILL SIGNED CIRCA 1939 - HFSID 322032

MONTY "THE BEARD" WOOLLEY He signs a showbill for a Hartford performance of The Man Who Came to Dinner a month before the play opened on Broadway. Show bill signed: "Monty Woolley", 2 pages, 6½x9 affixed to a 9x12 sheet.

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MONTY "THE BEARD" WOOLLEY
He signs a showbill for a Hartford performance of The Man Who Came to Dinner a month before the play opened on Broadway.
Show bill signed: "Monty Woolley", 2 pages, 6½x9 affixed to a 9x12 sheet. Showbill for a performance of The Man Who Came to Dinner at Horace Bushnell Hall, Hartford, Connecticut, September 23, 1939. Monty Woolley (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). The ad signed here was for a pre-Broadway performance of the soon to be famous play, which opened in New York on October 16. Adhesive residue on top margin. Light surface creases. Pin holes in bottom right corner and top margin of showbill. Heavily toned. Faint fingerprint on left margin. Corners lightly worn. Ink notes (unknown hand) on top right corner. Otherwise, fine condition.

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