[BLOOMER GIRL] Celeste Holm's red morocco scrapbook for Bloomer Girl, 1944, including her original signed contract.
A fine gilt lettered red morocco album with slipcase by Brentanos, 14 1/2 x 11 inches, one minor scratch to cover, else fine.
A finely produced scrapbook of Holm's performances in Bloomer Girl, 1944, the play that bridged the gap between Oklahoma! and her signing with 20th Century Fox. The album opens with a printed title leaf Celeste Holm in Bloomer Girl followed by sheets mounted with items signed by the producers John Wilson and Nat Goldstone; a typed letter signed by playwrights Lilith and Dan James; a poem signed by lyricist E.Y. Harburg; and a sheet signed by the cast including stars David Brooks, Joan McCracken, and Dooley Wilson (see below). Present following several more pages of associated autographs are mounted playbills, printed sheet music, a manuscript fair copy of the song Bloomer Girl by Harold Arlen; approximately twenty 8 x 10 inch original black and white production photographs with the stamp of Vandamm; and mounted at the end is Celeste Holm's original ink signed 1944 Actor's Equity Association contract for the part of Evelina in Bloomer Girl, along with Ms. Holm's initialed rider.
A fine scrapbook devoted to Bloomer Girl, Celeste Holm's follow up success to Oklahoma! With music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, Bloomer Girl tells the antebellum story of Evelina Applegate, played by Ms. Holm, who inspired by her aunt, the abolitionist suffragette Dolly Bloomer, defies her hoop skirt manufacturer father by wearing modern bloomers and refuse to marry until her suitor frees his slave Pompey, played by Dooley Wilson in his first Broadway performances following Casablanca. A fine album chronicling this important and popular role in Celeste Holm's early stage career.
C The Celeste Holm Collection
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