ORPHEUS DESCENDING BROADWAY CAST - SHOW BILL SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: CLIFF ROBERTSON, MAUREEN STAPLETON, LOIS SMITH - HFSID 310362
Sale Price $414.00
ORPHEUS DESCENDING BROADWAY CAST
Show bill for a production of Orpheus Descending signed by three of the play cast members.
Show bill signed: "Maureen/Stapleton", "Lois Smith", "Cliff/Robertson", 30 pages, 6½x9. Show bill for a production of Orpheus Descending at the Martin Beck Theatre in New York. As Joan Crawford's schizophrenic boyfriend in Autumn Leaves (1955), CLIFF ROBERTSON (1923-2011) achieved the critical acceptance that would enable him to seek out choice film roles. In 1963, he became the first American actor to portray a living American president when he was selected to play John F. Kennedy in PT 109. Robertson was universally applauded for his grueling performance as an alcoholic in the 1958 TV staging of Days of Wine and Roses. Having lost the film version of Wine and Roses to Jack Lemmon, he made certain that he'd star in the filmization of his 1961 TV drama The Two Worlds of Charly Gordon by buying up the story rights. The result was the 1968 film Charly, in which Robertson played a mentally handicapped adult turned into a genius by a scientific experiment--for which he won an Academy Award. Stage and screen actress MAUREEN STAPLETON (1925-2006, born Lois Maureen Stapleton in Troy, New York in 1925) received three nominations for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Lonelyhearts, 1958; Airport, 1970; Interiors, 1978) before winning the Oscar the fourth time (Reds, 1981). She also earned six Tony nominations, winning twice: Best Featured Actress for The Rose Tattoo (1951) and Best Actress for The Gingerbread Lady (1971). LOIS SMITH (b. 1930) is an actress, most notable for her Tony Award nominated performances on the stage. She made her stage debut in the 1952 in the comedy Time Out for Ginger, starting a career that would span 40 plus years. Most notable of her stage performances is as disturbed matriarch Halie in the Broadway drama Buried Child (1996), which earned her one of her Tony Nominations. In addition to her stage roles, Smith has made a number of television and film appearances. Most recently, she had a recurring role in the television series True Blood (2008) as Adele Stackhouse. Corners worn. Lightly toned on margins. Otherwise, fine condition.
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