DescriptionNoel Coward Writes Regarding "Present Laughter" to Clifton Webb. A Typed Letter Signed "xxxxxxx N. C.," one page, on 8" x 10" personal letterhead, London, dated 13th November, 1946. Noel Coward was a British actor, playwright and composer with a strongly satirical style and a talent for writing sharp, witty dialogue. This letter has interesting content (to say the least) and reads, in part: "...My heart has been bleeding for you so much that I have had to have transfusions... I just went flipping about in my insouciant butterfly way doing whatever came into my feathery little head... I am now in the middle of rehearsals and so far everything is going beautifully. Mary is perfectly enchanting and I think will knock them cold... I am looking if possible prettier than ever. I am doing my hair in a new way... The crosses following this sentence denote mad, moist, tempestuous kisses." At this time, Webb was appearing in the Broadway opening of Present Laughter, Coward's autobiographical madcap farce. The play Coward refers to is likely Pacific 1860 that starred Mary Martin. Fine condition, original mailing folds, envelope included.
Also included in this lot is a Typed Letter Signed "Noel," one page, 6" x 8", New York letterhead, November 21, 1957 to Mabelle Webb, Clifton's mother. He starts it "Dear Goldtooth" and closes with "Clifton came to the first night as you know, and we have been having several gay junketings this week. I shall miss him when he goes back. Dearest love to you as always," Fine condition, original mailing folds, envelope included. This was likely a reference to the opening of Coward's cabaret act in New York. With COA from PSA/DNA.
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