Letters to E. Lawrence Dudley,

Title
Letters to E. Lawrence Dudley, 1917-1927.
Author
Arliss, George, 1868-1946.

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25 letters (1 portfolio)
Genre/Form
Correspondence.
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  • Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Biography (note)
  • George Arliss (1868-1946), English stage and screen actor, was best known for portraying historical figures such as British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, Alexander Hamilton, Cardinal Richelieu, and French author Voltaire.
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*T-Mss 1975-005
Author
Arliss, George, 1868-1946.
Title
Letters to E. Lawrence Dudley, 1917-1927.
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Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Summary
Consists of 23 handwritten letters from George Arliss to E. Lawrence Dudley, 1 note from Arliss to George Gibbs, and 1 undated Christmas card from Mr. and Mrs. Arliss. Arliss' unhappiness with Dudley and Gibbs' work on their script for the play VOLTAIRE becomes clear in the course of the correspondence, and the primary reasons for his eventual break with his collaborators is laid out in a long and heated letter of Oct. 22, 1920.
Biography
George Arliss (1868-1946), English stage and screen actor, was best known for portraying historical figures such as British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, Alexander Hamilton, Cardinal Richelieu, and French author Voltaire. Following Arliss' success with the stage version of Louis Napoleon Parker's DISRAELI (1911), authors E. Lawrence Dudley and George Gibbs attempted to fashion a similar vehicle based on the life of Voltaire, but the project ran into difficulties, eventually causing a rift between the collaborators, and the play was never staged. More than a decade later, after Arliss won a Best Actor Oscar for the film version of DISRAELI (1929), Dudley and Gibbs contributed to the screenplay of the Warner Brothers' film version of VOLTAIRE (1933).
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Dudley, E. Lawrence (Edward Lawrence), 1879-
Gibbs, George, 1870-1942.
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*T-Mss 1975-005
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