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    Gertrude Lawrence Archive of Letters and Photographs, including Daphne du Maurier, Lady Browning; Noël Coward; and Bobbie Andrews. The Gertrude Lawrence signed items are: a typed letter signed, "Gertrude Aldrich", one page, 8.5" x 11", November 11, 1943, n.p., on British War Relief letterhead; a signed photograph, "Gertrude Lawrence", 3.25" x 4.75", ca. 1933; and two signed photographs, 5" x 7", also signed "Gertrude Lawrence", ca. 1948. Daphne du Maurier, TLS "Daphne du Maurier Browning", three sheets, four and one-half pages, 8" x 10", April 12, 1965, with holograph correction, and original transmittal envelope. Du Maurier's letter is a revealing and insightful look at Gertrude Lawrence: "I soon sensed (and this could be the novelist's eye) that the 'glamorous Gertie' of the 'Twenties and 'Thirties was something of a myth, or if not strictly a myth, more of a façade. The star quality was there all right, to bewitch the audience, and the 'trooper's' guts to put all she knew into her part, but underneath all this was an apprehensive woman in her late forties who was wondering 'Can I make it? Will 'they' (i.e. the audience) love me as they once did? And not only the audience, but the actors and actresses working with her." Noël Coward, signed first day cover honoring the United Nations, 6.5" x 3.5", postmarked October 24, 1955, New York. Bobbie Andrews, two letters, (1) typed letter signed, "Bobbie", one and one-quarter pages, front and verso, 8" x 10", July 23, 1966, London, with holograph correction, and original transmittal envelope, and, (2) autograph letter signed, "Bobbie", two pages, front and verso, 7" x 9", July 20, 1968, London, with original transmittal envelope. Also included are ten 8" x 10" black and white photographs; six photographs from Lawrence's personal scrapbook used as research for the 1968 film, Star, with Julie Andrews as Lawrence; a still of Gertrude Lawrence and Raymond Massey from the 1945 Broadway revival of Pygmalion; and three photographs of Noël Coward at the London premiere of Star with Lord Louis Mountbatten, Darryl F. Zanuck, Robert Wise, and others.

    Passionate letters written between Lawrence and du Maurier were published in Daphne du Maurier: The Secret Life of the Renowned Storyteller by Margaret Forster in 1993. Lawrence also appears to have had a much earlier affair with du Maurier's own father, Sir Gerald du Maurier; in fact, Daphne du Maurier referred to Lawrence as "the last of Daddy's actress loves".


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