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THELMA CARPENTER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 08/15/1948 - HFSID 316833

THELMA CARPENTER The legendary singer and actress pens a short letter to Daniel Blum, founder of Theatre World. Autograph letter signed: "Thelma Carpenter," 2 pages, 6¼x7¾. Century Theatre, New York City, August 15, 1948. To "Dear Mr.

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THELMA CARPENTER
The legendary singer and actress pens a short letter to Daniel Blum, founder of Theatre World.
Autograph letter signed: "Thelma Carpenter," 2 pages, 6¼x7¾. Century Theatre, New York City, August 15, 1948. To "Dear Mr. Blum," Daniel Blum, founder of Theatre World, New York City. In full: "I don't know whether, it's too late or not, for answering your letter. I happened to be cleaning out my little letter box, and found your letter of May 6, unopened. Please don't think too badly of me, and I hope the information isn't too long awaited. Of course, I have a feeling it is. If you still want pictures, I will send them out. Do let me know!!? And, again I'm so sorry, that your letter was overlooked. (Sometimes one gets so-o-o much mail.) Thanking you for even bothering to ask me for information. Sincerely." The legendary singer and actress Thelma Carpenter (1922-1997) knew she wanted to be a star early in life, since the age of 5 when she first sang and performed on radio. The star of her own radio show on WNYC (New York) at 11 years old, Carpenter was one of the hardest working women in show business, performing on Broadway, in night clubs, movies and television shows. She also worked on her own albums and songs, recording the popular singles, "My Guy's Come Back," "Can't Help Lovin' That Man," "Hurry Home" and "Harlem on My Mind." On television, Carpenter appeared with the likes of Duke Ellington, Jackie Gleason, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Some of her most memorable Broadway performances include Hello Dolly! (1964-1970), Pippin (1978) and Memphis Bound! (1945), where she made her Broadway debut acting alongside tap dancing legend, Bill "Bojangles" Robison. She also played Miss One, the good witch of the East in probably her most famous film, The Wiz (1978). In 1993, Carpenter was honored by the Apollo Theatre for her lifelong dedication to music. DANIEL BLUM founded Theatre World in 1945, serving as its chief editor until his death in 1964. Aided by Norman McDonald and John A. Willis (his successor as chief editor), Blum also conceived what would become the prestigious Theatre World Awards for promising new actors in the New York stage, Broadway and later off-Broadway as well. Normal mailing folds. Creased and toned. Otherwise, fine condition.

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