SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH BROADWAY CAST - SHOW BILL SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: ELIA KAZAN, GERALDINE PAGE, RIP TORN - HFSID 65780
Sale Price $288.00
SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH BROADWAY CAST: GERALDINE PAGE, ELIA KAZAN and RIP TORN
All three sign the cast page of the Broadway performance of Tennessee Williams' play.
Show Bill signed: "Geraldine/Page", "Elia Kazan" and "Rip Torn", 1 page, 6½x9. New York, circa 1959-1960.Page from a playbill for Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth, which was presented at the Martin Beck Theatre on Broadway from March 10, 1959-January 30, 1960. The play was directed by Elia Kazan, who was nominated for a 1960 Tony Award for Best Director, and starred Geraldine Page as Princess Kosmonopolis and Rip Torn, Page's future husband, as Tom Junior. Torn was nominated for a 1960 Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in a Play and won the 1959 Theatre World Award for his role in this play. Actress GERALDINE PAGE (1924-1987) took home the Best Actress 1985 Academy Award for The Trip to Bountiful after being nominated for Oscars seven times: as Best Actress for Summer and Smoke (1961), Sweet Bird of Youth (1962) and Interiors (1978) and for Best Supporting Actress honors for Hondo (1953, her debut film), You're a Big Boy Now (1966), Pete 'n' Tillie (1972) and The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984). Page, who had begun her acting career as a stage actress, had received raves for her performance in the off-Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke, and began her film career the following year. Page also won two Emmy Awards for her portrayals of Truman Capote's eccentric mother in A Christmas Memory (1967) and The Thanksgiving Visitor (1969). She was married to actor Rip Torn from 1961 until her death in 1987. Stage, screen and television actor RIP TORN (1931-2019) was best known for his Emmy-winning role as talk show producer Arthur on The Larry Sanders Show (from 1992). Nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 1983 for Cross Creek, Torn made his film debut in 1956 in Baby Doll. His other feature film credits include King of Kings (1961), Sweet Bird of Youth (1962, reprising his Tony Award-nominated stage role), The Cincinnati Kid (1965), Tropic of Cancer (1970), Coma (1978), Heartland (1979), Wonder Boys (2002) and Men in Black (1997) and its sequel, Men in Black II (2002). He has also appeared in numerous made-for-TV movies and guested on TV series. ELIA KAZAN (1909-2003), born Elia Kazanjoglou, was a leading figure on Broadway in the 1930s and 1940s, directing the debut productions of such classics as Skin of Our Teeth, A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. In 1947, two years after going to Hollywood, where he made his directorial debut with A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Kazan won the Best Director Academy Award for Gentleman's Agreement. He would also win for On the Waterfront (1954) and was nominated for Best Director Oscars for A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and East of Eden (1955). Also the co-founder (with Lee Strasberg) of the famed Actor's Studio, Kazan was presented an Honorary Academy Award in 1999 for his contributions to the movie industry. Lightly soiled. Irregular left edge from removal from bound book. Overall, fine condition.
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