Hollywood and Entertainment

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[Broadway] 30 Tony Award Winners on a 17 x 20 white foamboard with the silver cover of the Playbill magazine "Twenty five years of Tony Awards" in the center. The stars have added their over-sized signatures on the board.

Signers include Tom Bosley, Yul Brynner, John Raitt, Lauren Bacall, Ray Walston, Stanley Holloway, Robert Preston, Leslie Uggams, Zero Mostel, Jill Haworth, Angela Lansbury, Dick Cavett, Eddie Adams, William Daniels, Anthony Quayle, Carol Channing, Nanette Fabray, Ruby Keeler, Richard Kiley, Virginia Vestoff, Sam Levine, David Wayne, Florence Henderson, Alfred Drake, Vivian Blaine, Patricia Neway, Anthony Quinn, Gwen Verdon, Paul Lynde and Robert Morse. [#3801]

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Cecil B. DeMille Hollywood producer and director, signed personal check 6/16/52 with a reproduction of a Karsch portrait. Professionally framed.

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Will Hayes Postmaster General and head of the Motion Picture Producers. Interesting LS on Motion Picture Producers stationary 3/13/25 regarding “The Formula” he developed to keep movies wholesome and avoid government censorship.

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Author, poet, playwright

Three page ALS April 30,1889 from Castle Hill in Virginia. In response to a request for a signed photograph the then popular author explains that her supply is gone. In another hand is an initialed postscript that she will send the photograph when she gets a new supply but the photographer is a “crank” and apparently not very good at filling orders. There is some toning to the letter with mounting remnants on along the fold of the 2nd and 3rd pages.

Rives was an author and poet whose fame and popularity may have been driven by her personality as much as her writing. Her first marriage, to a descendent of John Jacob Astor ended in divorce and her second marriage was to the artist Prince Pierre Troubetzkoy of Russian nobility.

Rives’ godfather was Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Her father Alfred was a Colonel in the Confederate Army and the Chief of Engineers to Lee. She eventually inherited and lived in Castle Hill, a plantation near Monticello which is now listed on the US National Register of Historic Places.


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TR and early moving pictures

Signed letter on blank paper, Oyster Bay 12/12/1898 as Governor-elect to Frank Marvin of the American Mutoscope Company – at the address of Roosevelt’s childhood home, 841 Broadway, in New York. In a single sentence letter Roosevelt informs Garvin that he has not yet received the pictures. It is signed “T. Roosevelt”. Roosevelt’s reference to “pictures” may have been about still photographs used in a flip card series or possibly a very early moving film picture. A year earlier Mutoscope produced and released a short clip (about 15 seconds) of Roosevelt walking down the steps of the White House as Assistant Secretary of the Navy. It is one of the first moving pictures of Roosevelt and can been viewed on the Library of Congress website. Overall in very good condition with mailing folds and the start of a small edge tear along a fold line. An intriguing association with early film making.

American Mutoscope was an early producer of motion pictures, the first company set up solely to film production and public exhibition. It was founded in 1895 by William Dickson on of Edison’s inventors who helped develop the technology of film making. The company and “studio” included the Director D.W. Griffith and the earliest of film stars including Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish and Lionel Barrymore. The mutoscope was a viewing machine for moving flip cards which when turned would create the “movie”. The company soon moved from flip card technology to projected film technology. It was later responsible for filming TR’s presidential appearances. Its first studio was located on the roof of the building where it rented space at 841 Broadway. Ironically the commercial building was built by the Roosevelt family on the site of the mansion where TR was born and raised. [#5047]