PATRICIA NEAL - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/23/1998 - HFSID 300626
PATRICIA NEAL The actress types and signs a personal letter to John Willis, chief editor of Theatre World, apologizing for being unable to attend the Awards party Typed Letter Signed: "Patricia/Neal", 1 page, 5½x3½. No place, 1998 April 23.
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The actress types and signs a personal letter to John Willis, chief editor of Theatre World, apologizing for being unable to attend the Awards party
Typed Letter Signed: "Patricia/Neal", 1 page, 5½x3½. No place, 1998 April 23. On personal letterhead to "John Willis, my dear," in full: "I just want you to know that I will not be able to attend the Theatre World party this year. At last, my new film is set to begin rehearsals on May 12 near Memphis. Wish me well, as I wish for you. Yours,". A leading lady of American plays and film, Patricia Neal (1926-2012) studied drama in college and worked as a model before debuting on Broadway in The Voice of the Turtle (1946). Her performance in the play, Another Part of the Forest, got the attention of Hollywood, and she made her screen debut in a light farce, John Loves Mary, in 1949. That same year she was impressive in The Fountainhead opposite Gary Cooper, whom she later said was the great love of her life. After marrying British writer Roald Dahl in 1953, Neal disappeared from the screen for several years, returning in 1957's A Face in the Crowd, after which she was more selective in choosing her film roles. For her performance in Hud (1963), she won the Best Actress Academy Award. In 1965, Neal suffered a massive series of strokes that left her confined to a wheelchair, semi-paralyzed and nearly unable to speak. Over the next several years, she made a remarkable recovery, returning to the screen in The Subject Was Roses (1968), for which she received another Best Actress Oscar nomination. That year, she was presented with the "Heart of the Year" Award by President Johnson. 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, furnished comprehensive information on those entertainment genres. John A. Willis (1916-2010), active in Theatre World from the beginning, became its chief editor in 1965, holding that position until 2008. Willis is regarded as one of the foremost theatre and film historians of the 20th century. While producing (and presenting) the annual Theatre World Awards, Willis also served on the nominating committee for the Tony Awards. Theatre World, which received its own Tony for Excellence in Theatre in 2001, continues under chief editor Ben Hodges. Fine condition.
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