Great Stars of the American Stage
Price: 500.00 USD
New York: Greenberg, 1952. SIGNED on the front free end paper by 15 important stars of Broadway, including Fritzi Scheff, Eli Wallach, Uta Hagen, Maureen Stapleton, Blanche Ring, Francine Larrimore, Leonore Ulric, Margaret Phillips, Bert Lahr, Contance Collier, Judith Evelyn, Frances Starr, Douglas Watson, Charles Nolte, and Dorothy Gish. 4to (12 1/4 inches / 31 cm. tall), v, 150  pages. Tipped in is a "Publisher's Weekly" article describing the signing party at Brentano's in 1952. Near Fine in a Very Good dust jacket that has a half-inch chip at the bottom of the front panel where it meets the spine, a few small chips on the rear panel, some edge wear and soiling. Copies signed by so many of the stars are not often found in the market. Presumably, a previous owner obtained the signatures during the book party at Brentano's in 1952. SCARCE signed. The signers are among the 150 stars featured with two-page photo spreads in this loving theatre tribute that reaches back to Lillian Russell and Sarah Bernhardt but also includes a few newcomers, such as Carol Channing. Daniel Blum, the author, was an authoritative journalist/historian of theatre who published an annual review of the theatre season called Theatre World. Needless to say, he knew many of the actors profiled in the book. Especially interesting are the author's comments about the actors. Marlon Brando: "He is a nonconformist and likes to shock people...He dislikes cats, interviews, shoes, and large parties." Maureen Stapleton: "She dislikes spooky movies and books." Beatrice Pearson: "When she is depressed she spends money like a drunken sailor." Charlton Heston: "He is frank, genial and outspoken, but thinks actors should keep quiet on any other subject but their work." (That was the Charlton Heston of 1952. He dabbled in politics later in life.). First Edition.