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. Item #42715
TLS, 1p, 7" X 9", London, England, 21 February 1944. Addressed to "Drucie" (Drusilla Pierce, a Los Angeles friend). Very good. Faint original folds. On imprinted "George Arliss" letterhead, Arliss chats cordially with an old friend, noting "that you are fairly well except for your legs. The only advantage you gain is that you are able to get into friendly intercourse with the crossing-cops. You will be glad to know that our London policemen are still wonderful." Of the current London theatre scene, he comments: "I know very little about theatrical conditions here because Flo's sight prevents us from going to the theatre. We had one break, however, when we went to see the Lunts who have made a tremendous success over here. It was certainly a beautiful performance." Signed simply "George" in blue ink. (Alfred and Lynn Fontanne opened a production of Robert E. Sherwood's "There Shall Bo No Night" in London's Aldwych Theatre on December 15, 1943 and it's no doubt this performance to which Arliss refers.) Attractive -- an interesting glimpse into Arliss's life near its end when war and sickness curtailed his activities!