Sir Arthur John Gielgud, OM, CH was born on April 14, 1904 – died 21 May 2000. John Gielgud known as Sir John Gielgud, was an English theatre and film actor particularly known for his warm expressive voice, which his colleague Sir Alec Guinness likened to “a silver trumpet muffled in silk.” Gielgud is a member of the short list of entertainers with the distinction of having won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award. Gielgud did play the Ghost in his own film of the play in 1964 and in the 1970 Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation starring Richard Chamberlain. Gielgud’s crowning achievement, many believe, was Ages of Man, his one-man recital of Shakespearean excerpts which he performed throughout the 1950s and 1960s, winning a Tony Award for the Broadway production, a Grammy Award for his recording of the piece, and an Emmy Award for producer David Susskind for the 1966 telecast on CBS. Gielgud won a Tony Award for his direction of Big Fish, Little Fish in 1961, the only time he won the award in a competitive category (having won honorary awards for “Best Foreign Company” for his 1947 production of The Importance of Being Earnest and for his one-man show Ages of Man). He also directed the operas The Trojans in 1957 and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1960. Gielgud directed other actors in many of the Shakespearean roles that he was famous for playing, notably Richard Burton as Hamlet (1964), Anthony Quayle as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (1950), and Paul Scofield as the title role in Richard II (1952). Longtime partner Martin Hensler, 30 years his junior, died just a few months before Gielgud’s own death in 2000. He only publicly acknowledged Hensler as his partner in 1988, in the programme notes for The Best of Friends which was his final stage performance.


Close of view shown of signature. Original John Gielgud Autograph, signed on a 5 x 7 inch Black & White Photograph. Written: John Gielgud Best Wishes 1986. Regular Price – $ 125.00 / Sale Price – $ 65.00.

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