The great English actor, filmmaker, playwright and author won an Academy Award in 1930 for "Disraeli" -- the first Briton to do so -- and is best known for portrayals of this and other historical figures; his actress wife portrayed, among many other roles, his film wife in such movies as "Disraeli" (1921 and 1929), "The Millionaire" (1931), "The King's Vacation" (1933) and "The House of Rothschild" (1934). Item #42714
HIS: ALS, 2pp (single leaf), 4½" X 7", London, England, 11 January 1943. Addressed to Mrs. Pierce (Drusilla Pierce, a Los Angeles friend). Near fine. Single horizontal fold. On his personal imprinted letterhead, Arliss (who returned to England in 1939 and was unable to leave because of the war) tells Pierce, "We were very happy to get a word from you with your Christmas card; it is most kind of you to remember us. Flo would write to you herself but her Eyes are now so bad that she can neither read nor write. But she sends you her best love. She is far from well in other ways but I think all her trouble comes from worry about her Eyes. We are looking forward to the time when we shall be able to come over and join up with our friends again...." Attractively penned in blue ink and signed in full. HERS: ALS, 2pp (single leaf), 5" X 7 3/4", Hollywood, CA, n.d. Addressed to "Dear Druce." Near fine. Cordial content to a long-lost friend remarking "we have often wondered about you, & where you were... Our permanent address is... London, England. We have been there since 1912. Over a quarter of a century, but we don't feel it! We came out here [Hollywood] as George cannot comfortably write in England, we tried the S. France but didn't particularly care for it, this place is so much warmer & we know a good many old theatre people here with whom we foregather & play contract, so here we stay till the [ ? ] have left England, our friends say we are going back in time for Hitlers plan again. Well we left our trenches ready at St. Margaret's-at-Cliffe... so we may crawl into them if need be -- it was a most auscious & harrying time, & we are neither of us as young & spry as we were. Are you still interested in animals, I don't mean the human variety as I feel we are beyond redemption, but the four legged, & feathered & furred varieties...." Signed boldly "Flor Arliss." Undated, but from internal clues and military content clearly late 1930s. A superb pair of letters.