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THORNDIKE Sybil - Typed Letter Signed 1925 turning down a role

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Sybil THORNDIKE (1882-1976)

Typed Letter Signed (“Sybil Thorndike”) to the theatrical manager J. Bannister Howard, declining a part in a play as “I am absolutely the wrong type”.
1 page 4to, Regent Theatre, 2 February 1925. 
Yes, I have read “The Rose of the Ghetto” and find it a most excellent and interesting play, but I am quite sure that I should thoroughly spoil it if I played in it – I am absolutely the wrong type. Don’t you agree? Thank you so much for letting me read it – I am returning it under separate cover.”
The play version of The Rose of the Ghetto appears to have faded entirely from view, but it seems likely that it was based on Israel Zangwill’s short story of the same name.
At the time, Sybil Thorndike was at the height of her fame and of her powers as an actress. The previous year she had appeared in her most famous role, Saint Joan, a part written especially for her by Shaw.


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