SIR LAWRENCE OLIVIER. British actor.
Autograph Letter Signed, Larry, four full pages, octavo, Brighton, “Mon. 5th or 4th or something Sept.,” n.y.
To “Darling Angel Girl,” [Madeline Sherwood, wife of screenwriter Robert Sherwood]. “How lovely to hear from you, and thank you my darling for such an angelic letter. It was so sweet of you to think to send me the clipping, but you must know that there are things called Weisbeyers in your so beautiful country and you need never bother! Joanie is making a…row, but thank God will recover. …Actually it was quite a tussle pulling the little thing through. But she’s marvelous now, and as I say Joanie is really beginning to perk up, so all of that red horizon begins to take on a shining sweet glow again. The little one had to be called Julia, on account of (after 3 days of labour) having to be a Caesarean. A bit of a built-in joke — that I suppose (like…Doug Fairbanks Jr’s lavatory seats) but what can you think of when you’re trying to run a National (Classical) Theatre? “Bless you for the news of your chums the Karins — well, we heard twice that they would come over, but there you are, there’s nothing like a European visit, that a good script at home won’t cure. Please give both our very dear love and say we are glad for the reasons they couldn’t come (a brand new guest room all ready and everything: well not quite ready perhaps) though terribly sad not to see them — but what the hell — we’re still young (fairly). Darling one. I wish I could tell you how much I love to hear from you. I get so boiled up in this job — my brain feels fried most of the time (lot of culinary analogies but you know what I mean). Even if I don’t write back much, it really does do me good to hear from you my love. It truly does. My loving thoughts to the Olympians — me I’m only a Spartan, if that. Love to you my darling girl. Love to Margot, it was lovely seeing her.”
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