Hilda Simms

Hilda Simms

Reference number:

8956
£68.00

Description:

An original typed note (dated 1st October 1948) on her own headed paper, clearly signed in ink at the conclusion by Hilda Simms.

Certification:

One of a wonderful collection of over 50 celebrity letters all obtained during the late 1940s to early 1950s by a Mr Douglas Squires. He was involved in editing a School / University Film & Theatre Entertainment magazine during this period and wrote to celebrities looking for a contribution of autographs and signed photographs for the magazine. Many of the letters are gracious and detailed replies with many references to helping his project and mentions of their careers at that point in time. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Size:

18x13cm Sized Note

Condition:

Poor. View Images. Age rusting and minor folds. Overall we would rate as 5/10 condition.

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About Hilda Simms

Hilda Simms

HILDA SIMMS d1994. African American stage actress best known for her starring role in Anna Lucasta. Philip Yordan had originally written the play for an all-white cast, but the show made a huge splash when the American Negro Theater produced it. The production moved to Broadway in 1944 where it became an early drama featuring African American actors in work that explored themes un-related to race. During the British tour of the play in 1947, she met and married veteran American actor Richard Angarola. The couple returned to the States in the 1950s and Simms embarked on a brief film career. Her first role was as co-star to heavy-weight boxing champion Joe Louis. She played the boxer's wife in The Joe Louis Story (1953). In 1954, she appeared as Anne in Black Widow. In the 1950s, she was a victim of the Hollywood blacklist. The US Department of Justice denied her passport in 1955 and cancelled her scheduled 14-week USO tour of the Armed Forces in Europe, even though she had entertained troops and made War Bond tours during WW2. The Defense Department decision was based on speculation about her affiliation with the Communist Party in the late 1930s and early 1940s. The decision caused her dozens of lost opportunities and any chance of a film career evaporated. She died of cancer aged 75 in 1994.

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Hilda Simms

Reference number:

8957
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Description:

An original typed letter (dated April 1951) on Cambridge Theatre headed paper, clearly signed in ink at the conclusion by Hilda Simms.

Certification:

The letter importantly mentions "Anna Lucasta" and her play Hassan. One of a wonderful collection of over 50 celebrity letters all obtained during the late 1940s to early 1950s by a Mr Douglas Squires. He was involved in editing a School / University Film & Theatre Entertainment magazine during this period and wrote to celebrities looking for a contribution of autographs and signed photographs for the magazine. Many of the letters are gracious and detailed replies with many references to helping his project and mentions of their careers at that point in time. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Size:

25x20cm Sized Letter.

Condition:

Average. View Images. Minor folds and some rusting. Overall we would rate as 7/10 condition.

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