PAT ROONEY SR. - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/18/1951 - HFSID 314515
PAT ROONEY SR. Screen legend writes to Daniel Blum of Theater World debriefing the Hollywood gatekeeper on the theater credits of his son and wife. Autograph Letter Signed: "Pat Rooney Sr." 1 page (front and verso). 7¼x10½. April 18, 1951. In Part: "Dear Mr.
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PAT ROONEY SR.
Screen legend writes to Daniel Blum of Theater World debriefing the Hollywood gatekeeper on the theater credits of his son and wife.
Autograph Letter Signed: "Pat Rooney Sr." 1 page (front and verso). 7¼x10½. April 18, 1951. In Part: "Dear Mr. Blum, I mailed you two photos of myself one for you the other plain without writing on it you can use for your book. New about me I was born at No. 60 Third Ave. between 10th and 11th St. N.Y. City July 4th 1880 Been on the stage 62 years Have a son Pat Rooney 3rd also on the stage. My wife and partner for years was Marion Bent. Pat Rooney and Marion Bent stared in musical shows Love Bird also Daughter of Rosie OGrady in Vaudeville most of the time on TV-Radio Motion Pictures Played Broadway in earlier day. Yours truly. Sherman Square Hotel." Singer, dancer and songwriter Pat Rooney, Sr. (1880-1962) called himself Pat Rooney, Jr. until his father, famous Irish singer/dancer Pat Rooney, died. His own son, also named Pat Rooney (b. 1909) and following in his family's musical footsteps, then became Pat Rooney, Jr. The Pat Rooney whom penned this letter performed in a vaudeville team with his own son, and also appeared on Broadway stages for over half a century, beginning with In Atlantic City (1898) and ending with Guys and Dolls (1950-1953). In the latter hit, he played Sarah Brown's Salvation Army mentor, Arvide Abernathy, singing the sentimental "More I Cannot Wish You" (a song omitted from the film version). Rooney appeared in many musical film shorts of the 1930s. Theatre World, founded in 1945 by Daniel Blum, is America's oldest annual record of Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatre, referenced by industry professionals, historians, students and theatre fans worldwide. Until 1998, when a separate nonprofit corporation was established, Theatre World's editorial staff bestowed the prestigious Theatre World Awards for outstanding Broadway and Off-Broadway debuts. Screen World (from 1950) and Dance World (from 1966), administered from the same office, also furnished comprehensive information on those entertainment genres. Normal mailing folds. Tears in left margin. Ink bleed on verso. Light ink smudging in body of letter. Scrap paper affixed in header. Otherwise, in fine condition.
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