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VAL HOLLEY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/14/1994 - HFSID 316094

VAL HOLLEY Author writes to John Willis, editor of Theatre World, hoping he can provide information about James Dean for his upcoming biography Typed letter signed: "Val Holley" in blue felt tip. 1 page, 8½x11. March 14, 1994. Washington D.C. In full: "Dear Mr.

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VAL HOLLEY
Author writes to John Willis, editor of Theatre World, hoping he can provide information about James Dean for his upcoming biography
Typed letter signed: "Val Holley" in blue felt tip. 1 page, 8½x11. March 14, 1994. Washington D.C. In full: "Dear Mr. Willis: My friend Eric Sinclair has urged me to contact you in connection with a request for information I made of him. Mr. Sinclair has been a source for my forthcoming biography of James Dan, to be published by St. Martin's Press in 1995. Could you possibly relate any details about the awards ceremony for the Blum Theatre World recipients of 1954, who included Dean (on the basis of his performance in "The Immoralist")? I'm trying to determine just how much media exposure Dean had before he left New York for Hollywood. I expect the Blue award was the most prestigious honor he had before beginning to make movies. Thank you for your help. Sincerely yours". Val Holley is an American author best known for his books James Dean: The Biography and Mike Connolly and the Manly Art of Hollywood Gossip. His biography of Dean has been considered "the most definitive biography yet written". John A. Willis (1916-2010), active in Theatre World from the beginning, became its chief editor in 1965, holding that position until 2008. Willis is regarded as one of the foremost theatre and film historians of the 20th century. While producing (and presenting) the annual Theatre World Awards, Willis also served on the nominating committee for the Tony Awards. Theatre World, which received its own Tony for Excellence in Theatre in 2001, continues under chief editor Ben Hodges. Normal mailing folds. Heavily stained in left margin. Toned. Light surface creases. Corners creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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