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VIVIEN LEIGH - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 10/06/1962 - HFSID 190498

VIVIEN LEIGH Leigh wrote and signed this letter to "Dearest Arnold", asking him for comfortable and inexpensive lodgings in New York - "A tall order I know!" - during rehearsals. Autograph letter signed "Vivien" in blue ink. 4 pages, 5½x6¾, 2 sheets, front and verso.

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VIVIEN LEIGH
Leigh wrote and signed this letter to "Dearest Arnold", asking him for comfortable and inexpensive lodgings in New York - "A tall order I know!" - during rehearsals.
Autograph letter signed "Vivien" in blue ink. 4 pages, 5½x6¾, 2 sheets, front and verso. Dated "Oct 6th", stamped in black ink in upper right corner of page 1 "Oct 8 1962". Addressed to "Dearest Arnold". In full: "Dearest Arnold - Thank you for your letter. I think perhaps Edith [illegible] is right about the appartment [sic] -to tell you the truth I am in rather a dilemma as to where to stay & I would be so grateful for some advice - Gloria [illegible] has written to Toby [illegible] saying a friend of hers has an appartment [sic] at 670 Park Avenue which she wishes to sub-let - do you think it is worth looking into-? Or do you think I would be better off in an hotel during rehearsals-? I would like something quite comfortable & not too expensive - A tall order I know -! I do hope this will not be too much of a bother for you Dear Arnold - I am most grateful to for your thinking about it. I expect to be in N.Y. about 10th November & look forward very much to seeing you. Love to you". 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. Binder holes at top edge. Staple holes in top left corner. Folded once and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.

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