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    Marian Marsh Scripts, Including a Test Scene for "Rebecca." This lot of scripts from the personal collection of Marian Marsh is perhaps most interesting because it contains a test scene from Rebecca, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and winner of the 1940 Best Picture Oscar. While producer David O. Selznick was preparing the release of Gone With the Wind, he tested many actresses for the coveted role of "the second Mrs. de Winter" in Rebecca, based on the Daphne du Maurier novel, and this test scene script (dated July 11, 1939) suggests that Marian Marsh was one of the candidates. The four-page script features the scene in which Mrs. de Winter confesses to Maxim she had broken the china cupid of the previous Mrs. de Winter ("Rebecca"). Joan Fontaine eventually won the role of Rebecca and a received a Best Actress Oscar nomination. The lot also includes Marian's script for Unknown Woman (1935), Lady of Secrets (1936, two sets of her partial revised script), and scripts for several films for which she was considered, but lost out to other actresses: A Parisian Romance (1932, in which Marion Shilling starred), Uptown New York (1932, in which Shirley Grey starred) and Man of Two Worlds (in which Elissa Landi starred). There are also some scenes from various plays, including Odets' Waiting for Lefty. Most stars have missed opportunities, and this lot largely represents some of Marian's; the loss of Rebecca must have been a heartbreaker. All are in Good to Very Good condition. From the Marian Marsh Archive.

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    October, 2007
    6th-7th Saturday-Sunday
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