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    Tennessee Williams Signed Letter to Marlon Brando. Single-page, typed letter, dated June 24, 1955, from Williams to Brando. It reads in part: "Have you come to any decision about 'Orpheus Descending'? As I told you before, there's no fixed date for the production, But I have to let Anna know so that she can arrange her affairs in Italy accordingly. She is willing to play for six months, and I think it should please you to know that she feels that playing with you would give her the necessary confidence to do a play in English. Her English has improved amazingly even in the short interval since she left the States, she has been on a strict diet and taken off a lot of weight. It's hard to believe that such an emotional person could be so highly disciplined and balanced as an artist. We have talked about you a lot. Her regard for you as an actor I'm sure would touch you. I think for a little while it was tinged with romantic feelings but she's gotten over that, now, so you could work together without embarrassment of that kind."

    Near the end of the letter he writes: "I'm still working on 'Hide & Seek' for Gadg [director Elia Kazan]. Hardest thing I've ever done, maybe because the material dates back to 1941 and it's hard to get your gun off again on stuff that long ago...At first there was the same problem with 'Orpheus' which was based on 'Battle of Angels'...but Gadg...will probably go ahead with it this fall, unless my present work on it is a dreadful disappointment to him.

    Kazan filmed Hide & Seek and released it in 1956 as the scandalous Baby Doll. Brando and Magnani eventually appeared together in the film version of Orpheus, titled The Fugitive Kind, in 1959. Magnani was still very attracted to Brando, but the feeling was not mutual. Williams later became upset with Brando, convinced that he was deliberately slurring his dialogue to pun Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.ish Magnani, who was playing her role phonetically and had trouble picking up her cues from Brando. The letter is signed "Tenn." in pencil and is in Very Fine condition with light overall tanning, mild wrinkling, and some heavy fold creases. From the collection of Marlon Brando. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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