Lindsay, Howard


Brief 1957 TLS by the Broadway actor, producer, playwright, and librettist, with Russel Crouse won 1946 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, won 1960 Tony Award for “The Sound of Music”



Autograph ID: 6968
Condition: Very good
Description: “(b. Herman Nelke, 1889-1968) American theater producer, playwright, librettist, director and actor. He is best known for his writing work in collaboration with and Russel Crouse and for his performance, with his wife Dorothy Stickney, in the long-running play Life With Father. Lindsay graduated from Boston Latin School 1907 and was an actor and director before turning to writing plays. He played the role of “Father” “Life With Father” on Broadway 1939. Together with Crouse, Lindsay won the 1946 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play “State of the Union”, adapted into a film directed by Frank Capra two years later. The 1957 Rodgers and Hammerstein TV musical “Cinderella” featured Lindsay and Stickney playing  the King and Queen, one of the few times a Lindsay performance captured on film. In 1960, the team won the Tony Award for Best Musical for “The Sound of Music” for which they wrote the book. They also collaborated on “Call Me Madam”, “Happy Hunting” and “Mr. President”. Lindsay a member of The Players Club, the theatrical club founded by Edwin Booth,  its president 1955-65. He joined The Lambs in 1925 and remained a member until he died. His writing partner, Russel Crouse, was also a member of The Lambs.

TLS “Howard”on 7 x 6-¼ red personal letterhead, thanks friend Ralph Block for a note, and shall see that Bijou gets his message.With envelope.

RALPH J. BLOCK (1889-1974) was an American film producer in the 1920s and became a full-time screenwriter in 1930. He is famous for being President of the Screen Writers Guild 1934-35. In 1940 he received an Honorary Academy Award for his dedicated work for the Motion Picture Relief Fund.”

Type: Letter

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