SIR NOEL COWARD - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 172076
Sale Price $360.00
He sends a letter from the London's Haymarket Theatre thanking the recipient for sending an opening night telegram
Autograph Letter signed: "Yours/ Noël" in brown ink, 1p, 4½x3½. "Haymarket Theatre", no date. To unnamed recipients. In full: "Just to thank you both so very much for your 1st night telegram. I was so pleased to get it and it was sweet of you to think of me." Coward appeared in plays at the Theatre Royal Haymarket three times. He was in Present Laughter (1943) and The Happy Breed (1947), as well as a revival of Present Laughter. Noël Coward (1899-1973) was a multi-talented actor who wrote plays (both drama and comedy), musicals, revues, short stories, and a novel. Growing up, Coward showed a natural penchant for singing and dancing, and at the age of 12 he made his first professional appearance in the children's show The Goldfish. The artist Philip Streatfield took an interest in Coward and introduced him to Mrs. Astley Cooper who indoctrinated him into high society life, thus providing him with source material for the plays he would go on to write. After making his screen debut in Hearts in the World (1917), Coward was called to serve in World War I in 1918, but he was ill-equipped for military life and after a nervous breakdown he spent months in a hospital before receiving an honorable medical discharge. He went on to write and star in the play I Leave it To You (1920), which enjoyed a brief run in the West End. After briefly moving to New York, Coward returned to England. Shortly afterward, his play The Young Idea (1923) had a successful London run. Then, his highly-controversial play, The Vortex (1924) catapulted Coward to stardom. He won a Special Academy Award in 1943 for In Which We Serve (1942), a WWII movie in which he starred, wrote the script, produced, directed, and even composed the musical score. A few other plays by Coward include Private Lives (1930), Blithe Spirit (1941), and After the Ball (1953). Light soiling and staining, some of which touches signature. Corners gently worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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