Sale 21TH01 | Lot 28

HART, MOSS Two letters to Celeste Holm referencing Gentleman's Agreement.

Catalogue: Stage & Screen
HART, MOSS  Two letters to Celeste Holm referencing Gentleman's Agreement.

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Lot 28
HART, MOSS Two letters to Celeste Holm referencing Gentleman's Agreement.
Two typed letters signed "Moss" on Hart's 1501 Broadway stationery, the first 12 June 1947, the second 6 April 1948. 10 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, usual folds, the latter letter a trifle toned, the signatures dark; Together with draft of a letter from Celeste Holm to Hart, mentioning that she is "challenged" by the script, one page; And two books, being a Memorial Tribute to Moss Hart, 1961, with presentation from Kitty Carlisle Hart laid in; and Act One, with unrelated inscription from Kitty Carlisle Hart, later printing, wrappers.

Two short but sharp letters from screenwriter Moss Hart to Celeste Holm written on either side of filming Gentleman's Agreement. In the first Hart is delighted Ms. Holm liked the script that he's "sure you're going to be wonderful in it and I think it is a wide turning point in your career. All I ask for my share is 10%."

The second letter is written just 9 months later following the release and multiple Academy Award and Golden Globe wins for the film, including Ms. Holm's dual awards for Best Supporting Actress. Hart did not receive the Best Writing Oscar, that honor went to George Seaton's adaptation of Miracle on 34th Street. Here Hart replies to Ms. Holm's letter about the award: "I am only saying in turn that I insisted on your doing the part because I knew how good you'd be. The screenplay award seemed to me utterly idiotic ... I did not undertake the job originally for any kind of prize and I'm grateful enough for the way the picture turned out." Moss Hart had lobbied for Celeste Holm to be given a screen test for Gentleman's Agreement and studio head Darryl Zanuck hesitantly agreed. Ms. Holm's screen test with Gregory Peck was so strong it was included in the final cut as one of the major closing scenes of the films and was enough to win Celeste Holm both major acting awards.

C The Celeste Holm Collection

Estimate: $500 - $800
Sold for $1,008 (includes buyer's premium)

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Estimate: $500 - $800
Sold for $1,008 (includes buyer's premium)

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