Whitty, Dame May - 1941 ALS - w/ Orig. 1940's MGM Photo
Oct 20, 1941 One page 5 1/4" x 7 ALS (Autographed Letter Signed) to a fan, in black fountain pen, on a beige notebook page.
“Dear Mr. Hack, I enclose a picture & thank you for the kind things you say—My birthday is June 19th. I am not flaunting my age—Like May Robson – I feel I have watched the time & grow a year younger each year. —I shall be pleased to receive your picture. Thanking you, Yours Sincerely May Whitty.”
One horizontal mailing fold. Comes with an original 1940’s MGM 8x10 photo. 1946 paper blurb on verso for Dame May Whitty’s appearance on the ABC radio network, "Alan Young Show". Very Fine.
Dame Mary Louise Webster, DBE (19 June 1865 – 29 May 1948), known professionally as May Whitty and later, for her charity work, Dame May Whitty, was an English stage and film actress. She was one of the first two women entertainers to become a Dame. The British actors union Equity was established in her home. After a successful career she moved over to Hollywood films at the age of 72. She went to live in America, where she won awards for her film roles.
Whitty made her Hollywood film debut at the age of 72, recreating her 1935 stage role in the Hollywood film Night Must Fall (1937), which also starred Robert Montgomery and Rosalind Russell. She received an Oscar nomination. This led to several supporting roles in films, including that of the vanishing lady, Miss Froy, in Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes (1938).
She moved permanently to the United States (although she never became a US citizen) in 1939 and appeared both on stage and in Hollywood films, usually playing wealthy dowagers. It was one such part, as Lady Beldon in Mrs. Miniver (1942), that brought her a second Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
She continued to act for the remainder of her life and died on 29 May 1948 in Beverly Hills, California, from cancer at the age of 82.