TALLULAH BANKHEAD - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/21/1939 - HFSID 42539
Sale Price $378.00
Tallulah Bankhead sends an important typed letter about the play she is in.
Important Typed Letter Signed: "Tallulah", 1p, 5x6½. Hotel Elysée, New York, 1939 February 21.To Grace and Bill Brady, New York City. In full: "I don't feel a bit too familiar when I say Grace, but somehow feel I should say Maestro Brady! Thank you for your sweet wires and if your nervous systems are under control, I hope you will come and see me play Madame Dracula. I am so happy to be in a good play again. You see, except for 'The Circle' with you all, it is the only good one I've ever been in in America and I say my prayers every night again." BANKHEAD was Regina Giddens in Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes, which had opened at the National (now Nederlander) Theatre six days earlier. In 1938, she had starred in W. Somerset Maugham's The Circle, produced by WILLIAM A. BRADY, costarring GRACE GEORGE (Mrs. William A. Brady). Bankhead won the Variety award for Best Actress of the Year for portraying Giddens, a greedy, ambitious Southern woman whom Bankhead refers to as "Madame Dracula" in this letter. She is quoted in Tallulah, A Passionate Life: "It ran for a year in New York, for another year on tour. It provided me with more weeks employment than all the other fifteen plays in which I had appeared in my own country combined. But it did something more. It established me as a dramatic star, an emotional actress worthy of the critical halos voted me." In his review, Brooks Atkinson of "The New York Times" wrote: "Her Regina Giddens is not only the finest thing she has done in the country but brilliant acting according to any standards." The play ran for 408 performances before going on tour in 1940, traveling 25,000 miles for 87 one-night stands. Tallulah never missed a performance. Fine condition.
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