Orson Welles twice-signed handwritten letter

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  • A twice-signed, handwritten letter by Orson Welles

Orson Welles (1915 - 1985) was an actor, writer, director and producer, renowned as one of the most important creative figures of the 20th century.

Welles is regarded by many as the greatest director of all-time, and his 1941 classic Citizen Kane is regularly voted as the best film ever made.

Welles also conquered Broadway as an actor and director in the 1930s with his Mercury Theatre company.

And in 1938, his legendary Halloween radio production of War of the Worlds caused mass panic as many listeners across America believed they were under attack.

 

A handwritten letter dated April 30 on a single sheet of 'Mercury Theatre' headed paper.

Welles addresses the letter to a Mrs Levy, and writes in part:

“Dear Mrs Levy, I am inhumanely busy these days and accordingly this letter is inhumanely short. I do want to tell you though how much your letter meant to me.”

He concludes affectionately “My thanks to you, my apologies and my dearest love, Orson.”

The letter measures 8.6" by 11", and is in fine condition, with crisp text and the expected horizontal mail folds.

Its accompanied with the original mailing envelope, postmarked from New York on May 6, 1938.

Welles has addressed the envelope by hand on the front. And on the reverse, above the Mercury Theatre logo, he signs it again in full.

An excellent collector's piece from a significant period in Orson Welles' career.

 

Provenance: ex Stanley Gibbons.

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