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    Tennessee Williams Signed Reply Letter to Marlon Brando. A lengthy, single-page, front-and-back typed letter on United States Lines stationery, undated, written by Williams while on a boat to Italy in response to Brando's May 24, 1955 letter regarding the play Orpheus Descending and actor Anna Magnani. It reads in part: "...I know with you and Anna, the production would have to be set up very carefully in advance to compensate for the time that you both would lose from film work and so forth. I also know it would be an historical event in modern theatre, you and Anna together in roles that fitted your styles, your power as actors...I'm relieved you feel as you do about Anna. I know she has a 'crush' on you but I don't think it is a predatory thing at all, I think it is based on her huge regard for you as an artist, and I also know she wants whoever she plays with, at least if he's her male lead, to be as good as she is. Lancaster looked good with her, better than he's ever looked before." The letter is signed "Tennessee" in blue ink and is in Very Fine condition, with light overall tanning, mild wrinkling, and three heavy fold creases. From the collection of Marlon Brando. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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