COWARD Noel - Autograph Letter Signed discussing a hairstyle in The Vortex
Noël COWARD (1899-1973)Autograph Letter Signed (“Noël Coward”) to “Dear Mr. Bannister Howard” [the theatrical manager J. Bannister Howard] discussing the hairdo of an actress in one of his plays [The Vortex].
2 pages 8vo, 111 Ebury Street, 29 April n.y. .
“Thank you so much for your letter. I really feel that you are overrating the importance of a particular style of hairdressing. The Eton crop certainly suits Miss Mollie Kerr but its not in the least essential to the part or the play.
I will ask Mr. Carr to take Miss Driver through the part. She might be no use at all, but I have a feeling she’s right for it.
I am coming down to Hammersmith tomorrow afternoon to see the play. I must congratulate you on the enormous success you seem to have.”
Coward’s 1925 play, The Vortex, was one of his earliest successes as a straight play, following a string of successful musical revues. The central part of Nicky Lancaster, a young man with a cocaine addiction and a mother given to affaires with much younger men, was played by Coward himself, while Lancaster’s neglected fiancée was played by Mollie Kerr whose hairstyle is discussed here.
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