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Monty Woolley Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

MONTY WOOLLEY
Born: August 17, 1888 in New York City, New York
Died: May 6, 1963 in Albany, New York
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Monty Woolley (1888-1963) was an Oscar-nominated American actor and stage director. Woolley was born into privilege at the New York City's Bristol Hotel - which his father owned - and grew up with the glitterati of his age. He became president of the Yale Dramatic Association and later, after serving as an intelligence officer in France during World War I, commandeered the Yale Experimental Theatre until 1927. Cole Porter, one of his high-placed friends, helped him break into professional theatre as a stage director. He had 10 Broadway credits, mostly as a director, between 1929 and 1941. Woolley got onto the big screen with an un-credited role in Ladies in Love (1936) and went on to appear in over 30 movies and TV shows. Woolley was known as "The Beard" for his full beard, which emphasized his intellectualism and easily typecast him. Among his most memorable performances were as the bombastic and authoritarian Sheridan Whiteside in the Broadway production The Man Who Came to Dinner (1939-1941, 739 performances) and its 1941 film adaptation. But he could also display great depth, as shown by his Oscar-nominated performances in The Pied Piper (1942) and Since You Went Away (1944).
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