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O. Z. WHITEHEAD - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 09/20/1984 - HFSID 39513

O. Z. WHITEHEAD Supporting actor in films of John Ford, and an activist in the Baha'i faith. Autograph Letter signed: "O.Z. Whitehead", 2p, 5¼x7¼. Noplace, 1984 September 20. To "Dear Mr. Axelrod", in full: "I received your letter of September 11th yesterday.

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O. Z. WHITEHEAD
Supporting actor in films of John Ford, and an activist in the Baha'i faith.
Autograph Letter signed: "O.Z. Whitehead", 2p, 5¼x7¼. Noplace, 1984 September 20. To "Dear Mr. Axelrod", in full: "I received your letter of September 11th yesterday. Before sending you everything else, since books are expensive to mail) would like you to read the eonclosed piece on me which appeared in the Irish Times some months ago. [Item not included.] As you will understand from this article I have given the majority of my time to the Bahai Faith for the past eleven years or so. (I am actually seventy-three.) I still own the book rights to Lillian since it has only appeared in Bob Hogan's very interesting Theatre Book. Anyway if you want any more material about me, I will send it. As you undoubtedly know the Bahai Faith is becoming very well known. I have often wondered what has happened to my old friends Vince Edwards and Paul Burke. With very best wishes". Oothout Zabriskie Whitehead (1911-1998), called O.Z. or "Zebby", was a stage star and a prominent character actor in film. He was a friend of Lillian Gish, and he often appeared on stage with the Gish sisters. He appeared in film supporting roles from the 1930s through the 1960s, including several films directed by John Ford (The Grapes of Wrath, The Horse Soldiers (1959), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962). Dissatisfied with roles he was being offered, Whitehead relocated to Ireland in the 1960s, winning plaudits on the Dublin stage. In the early 1950s, Whitehead began to study the Baha'i faith. By the time he moved to Ireland, he was assuming leadership roles in the Baha'i community and writing three books about early figures in the religion. Mailing folds. Fine condition.

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