New York:: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1932., 1932. 8vo. xvi, , [1 blank], 205 pp. Gilt-stamped maroon cloth, dust-jacket; jacket spine ends chipped. SIGNED by actress Lynn Fontanne (1887-1983) and her husband Alfred Lunt (1892-1977) at cast list page (facing p. xvi). Additional ownership signature of Gretchen Davidson. Very good in good jacket. "Reunion in Vienna is Sherwood's comedic contemplation on the Hapsburgs, in which Prince Maximilian Rudolph rekindles his love for his former mistress, Elena. Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne starred in the 1931 Broadway production, directed by Worthington Miner and co-starring Henry Travers, Eduardo Cianelli, and Lloyd Nolan" (Roberts, p. 477). Fontanne and Lunt's names are printed in the cast list that they signed. PROVENANCE: Lynn Fontanne "was a British-born American-based actress and major stage star in the United States for over 40 years. She teamed with her husband, Alfred Lunt. Lunt and Fontanne shared a special Tony Award in 1970. They both won Emmy Awards in 1965, and Fontanne was a Kennedy Center honoree in 1980" (Wikipedia). "Fontanne made only three films, but nevertheless was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1931 for The Guardsman, losing to Helen Hayes. She also appeared in the silent films Second Youth (1924) and The Man Who Found Himself (1925). The Lunts starred in four television productions in the 1950s and 1960s with both Lunt and Fontanne winning Emmy Awards in 1965 for The Magnificent Yankee, becoming the first married couple to win the award for playing a married couple. Fontanne narrated the classic 1960 television production of Peter Pan starring Mary Martin and received a second Emmy nomination for playing Grand Duchess Marie in the Hallmark Hall of Fame telecast of Anastasia in 1967, two of the few rare productions in which she appeared without her husband. The Lunts also starred in several radio dramas in the 1940s, notably on the Theatre Guild programme. Many of these broadcasts still survive. In 1964, Lunt and Fontanne were presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by US President, Lyndon Johnson" (Wikipedia). Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre was named for them. Gretchen Davidson was a Broadway actress (c. 1925-2002) who performed in The Return of the Vagabond (1940), The American Way (1939), and Many Mansions (1937-1938). See: Internet Broadway Database. References: Roberts, Jerry. The Great American Playwrights on the Screen: A Critical Guide to Film, TV, Video, and DVD. Winona, MN: Hal Leonard, 2003.
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