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    Gertrude Lawrence. Archive of Materials Mainly Related to the Biographical Film, Star! [Various places, various dates]. Includes signed letters and photos. Archive includes letters written by Lawrence and people who knew her:

    Typed Letter Signed ("Gertrude Aldrich" using her second husband's surname,) one page on her stationery, asking for donations for the National War Fund.

    Typed Letter Signed (by Daphne Du Maurier Browning, Lawrence's friend and lover), four and one half pages on plain white paper, addressed to Max Lamb, story editor for the biopic, Star! (1968) about Lawrence.
    Autograph Letter Signed (two pages) and Typed Letter Signed (one and one-quarter pages, by Bobbie Andrews, an English actor who had entertained allied troops with Lawrence during World War II) addressed to Max Lamb.

    Three signed photos of Gertrude Lawrence.

    Ten photos from the collection of Max Lamb used as research for the film, Star! (1968).

    Letters have some wear, creases. Generally good condition.

    Gertrude Lawrence (1898-1952) was an English actress and performer, who achieved great fame on the English stage. She was close friends with Noel Coward, who had written or developed several plays for her. She had married twice, and had a string of lovers, both male and female (perhaps most notably, Daphne Du Maurier, author of Rebecca (1938)).

    Star! (1968) was a musical film biography of Lawrence, directed by Robert Wise, and starring Julie Andrews as Lawrence. It had been nominated for several awards, including seven Academy Awards. Lamb was the story editor, and several of the letters in this collection were written by Lawrence's friends who contributed to the research.


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