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Original Typed Letter Signed from Actor Sir Laurence Olivier in Which He Discusses His Portrayal of ÔBecketÕ


Published by New York 1 page, 5 1/4Ó X 7Ó October 17, 1960, 1960
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Original typed letter signed by the author - actor, Sir Laurence Olivier (ÒL. OlivierÓ) on his personal printed stationery to the Rev. Henry D. Gasson. The letter reads: ÒDear Mr. Gasson, Thank you so very much for your most kind letter, and I am happy indeed that the performance of ÔBecketÕ pleased you. I searched my both kinds of conscience, the artistic and the other one, most carefully before deciding to lean back against the altar and I concluded that it was properly within the nature of the work to do this. It is, as a matter of fact, hardly an altar in the strict sense of the word and BecketÕs own familiarity with God himself would, I think, have permitted this particular liberty. Yours, with every good wish, sincerely, L. Olivier.Ó With a single crease from folding, else fine. This production of ÔBecketÕ ran from October 1960 through March 1961 for a total of 193 performances. The opening night cast starred Laurence Oliver as Becket and Anthony Quinn as Henry II, and was directed by Peter Glenville. The play won Tony Awards for Best Play, Best Scenic Design (Dramatic), Best Costume Design (Dramatic), and Best Stage Technician, and Anthony Quinn was nominated for Best Actor. Bookseller Inventory # 17661E

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Title: Original Typed Letter Signed from Actor Sir ...

Publisher: New York 1 page, 5 1/4Ó X 7Ó October 17, 1960

Publication Date: 1960

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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