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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Marcel Prawy Autograph: Letter from 1968

1968: Letter by Dr. Marcel Prawy to Dr. Theo Cieplik. Dr. Prawy expresses his thanks for a letter by Dr. Cieplik and sends his warm greetings to the “Johann-Strauss-Orchestra” and Mr. Eduard Strauss. He states that he was very happy to read about the success they had.

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

8,2 x 11,6 inches. Fine condition.

Marcel Horace Frydmann, Ritter von Prawy (born December 29, 1911 in Vienna - February 23, 2003 in Vienna) was an Austrian dramaturg, opera connoisseur and opera critic.

Prawy was born into a Jewish Austro-Hungarian noble family.

As secretary of the tenor Jan Kiepura, he emigrated to the USA when persecution of the Austrian Jews became unbearable in the late 1930s. With the help of his confidante Mártha Eggerth he became acquainted with American musicals and music in general. After the end of the Second World War, Prawy returned to Vienna and brought with him the musical Kiss Me, Kate. It was received by the Viennese with great reservation as they feared the arrival of the American-style musical would spell the end of the traditional Viennese operetta. Nonetheless, Prawy succeeded and was considered henceforth as the one who made German language musicals acceptable and popular.
Marcel Prawy Autograph: Letter from 1968

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Johannes Heesters Autograph, 1941

Johannes Heesters Autogramm aus der Zeit des 2. Weltkrieges.

Bavaria Filmkunst, Foto Bing, Ross Verlag Photo, 18 x 25 cm. Signiert zu Weihnachten 1941.

Gute Erhaltung. Das Autogramm kommt mit Echtheitszertifikat.


Johannes „Jopi(e)“ Heesters, eigentlich Johan Marius Nicolaas Heesters (geb.1903 in Amersfoort, Niederlande) ist ein seit 1936 in Deutschland lebender und arbeitender Schauspieler und Sänger. Er gilt als der weltweit älteste aktive darstellende Künstler.

Heesters' Rolle im Dritten Reich ist aufgrund der Vielzahl seiner Arbeiten in Deutschland in diesen Jahren umstritten. Obgleich er sich mit Sympathiebekundungen für das Regime zurückhielt, hat er sich in dieser Zeit nicht explizit vom Nationalsozialismus und der deutschen Politik distanziert, wie dies etwa Hans Albers tat. In seinem Heimatland ist Heesters aber kein Publikumsliebling, sondern wird noch heute eher als Kollaborateur denn reiner Mitläufer aus Karrieregründen gesehen, der in deutschen Diensten gestanden habe, als sein Heimatland von der deutschen Wehrmacht besetzt war. 

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Donna Leon Autograph. Hand signed Photo. CoA

Donna Leon portrait photo, hand signed. The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

7 x 5 inches, very fine condition. Scarce.

Donna Leon (born in 1942 in Montclair, New Jersey ) is an American author of a series of crime novels set in Venice and featuring the fictional hero Commissario Guido Brunetti.

Her crime novels are all situated in or near Venice. They are written in English and translated into many foreign languages, although not Italian. Friends in High Places won Crime Writers' Association Silver Dagger in 2000.

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