RUSSELL, ROSALIND (1907-76)
American actress, comedian, screenwriter and singer, known for her role as fast-talking newspaper reporter Hildy Johnson in the Howard Hawks screwball comedy His Girl Friday (1940), as well as for her portrayals of Mame Dennis in Auntie Mame (1958) and Rose in Gypsy (1962). A noted comedian, she won all five Golden Globes for which she was nominated. Russell won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 1953 for her portrayal of Ruth in the Broadway run of Wonderful Town. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress four times throughout her career.
ALS – Autograph Letter Signed, three pages, 1966, on her personal stationery. Written to NYC actor/producer Charles Forsythe. Excellent content. Comes with original mailing envelope. In part reads: Your yellow roses are so lovely! They came as such a surprise on my birthday — full of cheer and sunshine. You are a darling to think of me on my natal day. I know how concerned you were, too, when I was in the hospital and I thank you for being so kind… James Spence Basic Certification included.
Besides her success as a comedic lead, Russell was known for playing dramatic characters, especially wealthy, dignified, ladylike women, being one of the few actresses of her time who regularly played professional women such as judges, reporters and psychiatrists. She had a wide career span from the 1930s-70s and attributed her long career to the fact that, while usually playing classy and glamorous roles, was never a sex symbol.