NIGEL BRUCE - PROGRAM SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: CELIA LIPTON, ANN TODD - HFSID 137518
Sale Price $360.00
NIGEL BRUCE, ANN TODD and CELIA LIPTONProgram for a production of Point to Point at London's St. Martin's Theatre, signed by the three well-respected actors Program signed: "Nigel Bruce", "Ann Todd" and "Best Wishes/Celia Lipton". Pencil note (unknown hand) on front cover: "9-6-48" in various inks, 8p, 5x7. Program for the stage production, Point to Point at the St. Martin's Theatre, London. No date. Pencil note (unknown hand) on front cover: "9-6-48". Signed on back cover. There are two unidentified signers on cover. None of the signers are in the cast of this production. With Basil Rathbone, British actor NIGEL BRUCE (1895-1953) portrayed the famous crime-solving pair of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson in 14 films, beginning with The Hound of the Baskervilles in 1939. For the next six years, their legendary performances in Sherlock Holmes mysteries such as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939), Pearl of Death (1944), and Dressed to Kill (1946) caused them to be symbolically linked with the detective duo created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930). After serving in World War I, Bruce began his acting career performing both in London and on Broadway; he made his first British film in 1931 and in 1934 began work in Hollywood. His movie credits include Treasure Island (1934), Rebecca (1940), and Hong Kong (1951). ANN TODD (1909-1993) began her career on stage in 1928 before debuting in films three years later. In 1945, she became internationally popular as the vulnerable pianist in The Seventh Veil (Todd would call her 1980 autobiography The Eighth Veil). From 1947 to 1957, she was married to David Lean, who directed her in many of her films. In the 1950s, Todd joined London's Old Vic Theatre Company, appearing in a number of Shakespearean plays. In the mid-1960s, she turned her talents to film production, writing, directing, and producing documentaries. A talented dancer and singer, CELIA LIPTON (1923-2011) was highly successful on London stages. She is especially well remembered for appearing in a production of Peter Pan in the title role. In addition to her acting roles, Lipton recorded two albums of popular standards in the late 1980s. After moving to America, she turned her TV, stage, and nightclub earnings into a large fortune, and went on to earn a reputation as a socialite and philanthropist. Lightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.
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