PEGGY ASHCROFT AUTOGRAPH
Dame Peggy Ashcroft DBE was born on December 22, 1907 – died June 14, 1991. Peggy Ashcroft was an acclaimed Academy Award-winning English actress. A prolific stage actress from a young age, she first gained notoriety playing Naemi in Jew Suss in 1929, and Desdemona opposite Paul Robeson’s Othello two years later. True stardom came in 1934 when she played Juliet in a legendary production of Romeo and Juliet, at the New Theatre, in which Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud alternated in the roles of Romeo and Mercutio. She stayed at the top of the British theatrical profession for the remainder of her career, with some of the highlights The Three Sisters (1937), The Heiress (1949), Antony and Cleopatra (1953), As You Like It and Cymbeline (as Imogen) (1957), The Taming of the Shrew (1960), and The War of the Roses, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s massive landmark compendium of the three Henry VI plays and Richard III, directed by Peter Hall for the RSC in 1963. Ashcroft’s film and television appearances were rare but memorable. Her best known celluloid role was that of Mrs Moore in the 1984 film A Passage to India — a role for which she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. To this day, Ashcroft remains the oldest person ever to win this award; she was 77 at the time. Ashcroft was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1951, and raised to Dame Commander (DBE) in 1956. She was married three times, first to Rupert Hart-Davis (from 1929-33), and then to Theodore Komisarjevsky (1934). She had two children with her last husband, Jeremy Hutchinson, whom she married in 1940 and divorced in 1965. Ashcroft reportedly had an affair with American actor and activist, Paul Robeson, during a production of Othello, and with William Buchan (son of The Thirty-Nine Steps author and Governor General of Canada John Buchan) while performing in High Tor on Broadway. She is also widely believed to have had a long-running affair with Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, during the 1960s. Ashcroft died in London of a stroke in June 1991 at the age of 83. She was commemorated with memorial plaque in Poet’s Corner, Westminster Abbey (just above the grave of fellow Central School of Speech and Drama pupil and friend Laurence Olivier and 18th Century actor David Garrick).
Original Peggy Ashcroft Autograph, signed on a 3 x 5 inch Index Card. Regular Price – $ 120.00 / Sale Price – $ 74.95.
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