VIVIEN LEIGH - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/08/1966 - HFSID 190488
VIVIEN LEIGH Leigh handwrote, signed and dated this letter on her personalized stationery about an upcoming visit to New York in 1966. Autograph letter signed "Vivien" in blue ink. Stamped with "Jan 12, 1966" in upper left corner of first page. 3 pages, 7¾x10, single sided. First page is engraved with Leigh's name.
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Leigh handwrote, signed and dated this letter on her personalized stationery about an upcoming visit to New York in 1966.
Autograph letter signed "Vivien" in blue ink. Stamped with "Jan 12, 1966" in upper left corner of first page. 3 pages, 7¾x10, single sided. First page is engraved with Leigh's name. Jan. 8, 1966. Addressed to "Arnold". In full: "Dear Arnold: Thanks for your letter -for the two splendid stories & for all the trouble you have [illegible] over [illegible] - & you know we have so little time in N.y. before we open [illegible]! Our suite - we [illegible] will be follow up with rehearsals - tomorrow I am having my costumes made there so there will be fittings - I would be grateful if you could thank her for me - for having supported (your expression!) the interview [illegible] her knew I am afraid it may not be possible in the time - We plan to arrive on 1st but no decision yet as to where we will stop - I can't tell you how much I look forward to seeing you - send all my love to [illegible] and Anna Milton - Love". Postscripted: "P. S. You very sweety asking there is anything you can do - if by any chance you know of a really good maid-dresser I would be eternally grateful - Alex Cohen is making inquiries - but I thought perhaps you just might hear of someone. Love again - - V." Leigh (1913-1967, born Vivian Mary Hartley in Darjeeling, West Bengal, British India, now India) was a British stage and film actress. She won Academy Awards for Best Actress as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind (1939) and as Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). She came to America in November 1938. On December 21st, she had a screen test for the Scarlett O'Hara role and on December 25, 1938 she was told by producer George Cukor that she had secured the part. On January 26, 1939, she began filming Gone With The Wind. Leigh was an accomplished actress on the British stage as well. She appeared in London's Old Vic Theatre opposite Lawrence Olivier as Ophelia in Hamlet in the late 1930s; the two started an affair and were married in 1940, divorcing in 1960. She was only 53 when she succumbed to a severe bout of tuberculosis in 1967. Light toned, creased and rippled. One or two binder holes, staple holes and light tears in top edge of each sheet. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.