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TENNESSEE WILLIAMS

Famed Playwright of "A Streetcar Named Desire" ,
"The Glass Menagerie" ,
"Suddenly Last Summer" & many others
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T.C.S.~Typed Contract SignedOctober 12th, 1960.

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Tennessee Williams

This rough of a telegram is addressed to
Joseph Losey, an important American film director.
See Losey's biography below.

Autographed letter signed with Tennessee
crossed out and replaced with his name Tom
.
 

Joseph Losey Bio below

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ORIGINAL POSTER -- 14 X 21

Biography for
Tennessee Williams

Trivia

Playwright

When the body of Tennessee Williams was discovered in his hotel room, a bottle cap was found lodged in his throat. The most likely cause of death was from choking while intoxicated.


Birth name
Thomas Lanier Williams
Date of birth (location)
26 March 1911,
Columbus, Mississippi, USA
Date of death (details)
13 August 1983,
New York, New York, USA.
Trivia
Playwright

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Filmography as: Writer, Producer
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Writer - filmography
(2000s) (1990s) (1980s) (1970s) (1960s) (1950s)

Night of the Iguana, The (2001) (play)

Streetcar Named Desire, A (1998) (TV) (play)
Streetcar Named Desire, A (1995) (TV) (play)
Suddenly, Last Summer (1993) (TV) (play)
Vreemde liefde, Een (1990) (TV) (play The Strangest Kind of Romance)
Orpheus Descending (1990) (TV) (play)
... aka Tennessee Williams' Orpheus Descending (1990) (TV)


Drift, The (1989) (V) (novel The Roman Spring of Mrs.Stone)
Sweet Bird of Youth (1989) (TV) (play)
Glass Menagerie, The (1987) (play)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1985) (TV) (play)
Streetcar Named Desire, A (1984) (TV) (play)
Linje lusta (1981) (TV) (play A Streetcar Named Desire)

Bourbon Street Blues (1978) (play)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1976) (TV) (also play)
... aka Laurence Olivier Presents: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1976) (TV) (UK: series title)
Eccentricities of a Nightingale (1976) (TV) (also play)
Migrants, The (1974) (TV) (story)
Glass Menagerie, The (1973) (TV) (play)
Dragon Country (1970) (TV) (plays I Can't Imagine Tomorrow, Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen)

Last of the Mobile Hot Shots (1969) (play)
... aka Blood Kin (1969)
... aka Seven Descents of Myrtle, The (1969)
Boom (1968) (also play The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore)
... aka Boom! (1968) (USA)
Glasmenageriet (1967) (TV)
Ten Blocks on the Camino Real (1966) (TV) (also play)
Glass Menagerie, The (1966) (TV) (play)
This Property Is Condemned (1966) (play)
Night of the Iguana, The (1964) (play)
Period of Adjustment (1962) (play)
Sweet Bird of Youth (1962) (play)
Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, The (1961) (novel)
... aka Widow and the Gigolo, The (1961)
Summer and Smoke (1961) (play)

Fugitive Kind, The (1959) (also play Orpheus Descending)
Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) (also play)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) (play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof)
Baby Doll (1956)
Rose Tattoo, The (1955) (play)
Senso (1954) (dialogue)
... aka Wanton Contessa, The (1954) (USA: TV title)
... aka Wanton Countess, The (1954)
Streetcar Named Desire, A (1951) (also play A Streetcar Named Desire)
Glass Menagerie, The (1950) (also play)

 

Biography of
Joseph Losey

Birth name
Joseph Walton Losey
Date of birth (location)
14 January 1909,
La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA
Date of death (details)
22 June 1984,
London, England, UK.
Mini biography
Belonging to an important family clan of Wisconsin, Joseph Losey ... (show more)
Sometimes Credited As:
Terence Hanbury
Victor Hanbury (II)
Joseph Walton (I)
Joseph Losey

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Filmography as: Director, Producer, Writer, Miscellaneous crew, Actor
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Director - filmography
(1980s) (1970s) (1960s) (1950s) (1940s) (1930s)

Steaming (1985)
Truite, La (1982)
... aka Trout, The (1982) (USA)
Boris Godunov (1980) (TV)

Don Giovanni (1979/I)
... aka Mozart's Don Giovanni (1979)
Routes du sud, Les (1978)
... aka Roads to the South (1978) (USA)
... aka Rutas del Sur, Las (1978) (Spain)
Monsieur Klein (1976)
... aka Mr. Klein (1976) (USA)
Galileo (1975)
... aka Galileo Galilei (1975)
Romantic Englishwoman, The (1975)
... aka Une anglaise romantique (1975) (France)
Doll's House, A (1973/II)
Assassination of Trotsky, The (1972)
... aka Assassinio di Trotsky, L' (1972) (Italy)
Go-Between, The (1971)
Figures in a Landscape (1970) (as Joseph Walton)

Secret Ceremony (1968)
Boom (1968)
... aka Boom! (1968) (USA)
Accident (1967)
Modesty Blaise (1966)
King and Country (1964)
Servant, The (1963)
Eva (1963)
... aka Eva, the Devil's Woman (1963)
... aka Eve (1963) (UK)
Damned, The (1963)
... aka These Are the Damned (1965) (USA)
Criminal, The (1960)
... aka Concrete Jungle, The (1960) (USA)

Blind Date (1959)
... aka Chance Meeting (1959) (USA)
First on the Road (1959)
Gypsy and the Gentleman, The (1958)
Intimate Stranger, The (1956) (as Joseph Walton)
... aka Finger of Guilt (1956) (USA)
Time Without Pity (1956)
Man of the Beach, A (1955)
Sleeping Tiger, The (1954) (as Victor Hanbury)
Imbarco a mezzanotte (1951)
... aka Stranger on the Prowl (1951) (USA)
M (1951)
Prowler, The (1951)
Big Night, The (1951)
Lawless, The (1950)
... aka Dividing Line, The (1950) (UK)

Boy with Green Hair, The (1948)
Leben des Galilei (1947)
... aka Galileo (1947) (USA)
Gun in His Hand, A (1945)
Child Went Forth, A (1941)
Youth Gets a Break (1941)

Pete Roleum and His Cousins (1939)

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Filmography as: Director, Producer, Writer, Miscellaneous crew, Actor
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Producer - filmography
(1970s) (1960s) (1950s) (1930s)

Doll's House, A (1973/II)
Assassination of Trotsky, The (1972)
... aka Assassinio di Trotsky, L' (1972) (Italy)

Accident (1967)
King and Country (1964)
Servant, The (1963)

Sleeping Tiger, The (1954)

Pete Roleum and His Cousins (1939)

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Filmography as: Director, Producer, Writer, Miscellaneous crew, Actor
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Writer - filmography
(1980s) (1970s) (1950s) (1940s) (1930s)

Truite, La (1982)
... aka Trout, The (1982) (USA)


Don Giovanni (1979/I)
... aka Mozart's Don Giovanni (1979)
Galileo (1975)
... aka Galileo Galilei (1975)

Big Night, The (1951) (screenplay)

Child Went Forth, A (1941)
Youth Gets a Break (1941)

Pete Roleum and His Cousins (1939)

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Filmography as: Director, Producer, Writer, Miscellaneous crew, Actor
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Miscellaneous crew - filmography
(1980s) (1940s)

Boris Godunov (1980) (TV) (opera director)


Leben des Galilei (1947) (director: play)
... aka Galileo (1947) (USA)

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Filmography as: Director, Producer, Writer, Miscellaneous crew, Actor
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Actor - filmography

Eva (1963) .... Patron at Harry's Bar
... aka Eva, the Devil's Woman (1963)
... aka Eve (1963) (UK)

Mini biography
Belonging to an important family clan of Wisconsin, Joseph Losey studied philosophy but he was always interested in theatre and thus worked together with 'Berthold Brecht'. His first important movie was "The Boy with Green Hair (1948)". While he was filming "The Prowler (1951)" in Italy he was summoned by the Commitee of AntiAmerican Activities and therefore decided to seek exile in Great Britain. In the following years he used a pseudonym for his films which were of minor quality. He regained his prestige with the thrillers "Blind Date (1959)", "The Criminal (1960) and "Eva (1965)". From this time on his films were oscilating between top quality like "Accident (1967)" and bad work like "Modesty Blaise (1966)" or "Calileo (1975)".

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Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:
Director, producer. (b. Jan. 14, 1909, La Crosse, Wisc., as Joseph Walton Losey III; d. June 22, 1984.) To a generation of film buffs coming of age in the 1960s and 1970s, Joseph Losey appeared to be a very British moviemaker. During these years he resided in England, often working in collaboration with playwrightscreenwriter Harold Pinter, and his films featured a distinctly European sensibility. However, he was born not in Leeds, Lancashire, or Liverpool, but in La Crosse, Wisconsin, the heart of Middle America. After studying medicine at Dartmouth and English literature at Harvard, he came to New York and eventually became involved in New Deal theater projects; his concern with using film as a tool for social analysis may be linked to his early theatrical work. Losey also began an ar- tistic collaboration with Bertolt Brecht; in 1947, he directed Charles Laughton on stage in Brecht's "Galileo," which he was to film in 1973.

Losey had started making short films for the Rockefeller Foundation in 1938. In Hollywood, he managed to imbue mainstream movies with provocative social considerations, as in his debut, The Boy With Green Hair (1948), about a war orphan who is ostracized after his hair turns the title color, and The Lawless (1950), recounting the plight of Chicano fruit pickers in Southern California. (He even remade Fritz Lang's classic M in 1951.) The political climate of the times was destined to affect Losey's life and career. Screenwriter Leo Townsend, while testifying before the House Un-American Activities Committee, was the first to publicly name Losey and his wife, Louise, as Communist Party members. In order to avoid a subpoena to testify before HUAC, he fled to England in 1951, and was summarily blacklisted. He spent the next decade directing mostly forgettable features, usually under pseudonyms, among them Stranger on the Prowl (1953, also known as Encounter as "Andrea Forzano"), The Sleeping Tiger (1954; as "Victor Hanbury") and Finger of Guilt (1956, also known as The Intimate Stranger as "Joseph Walton"). Losey came into his own with The Servant (1963), a symbolic psychological drama focusing on the complex involvement between a young, upper-class man and his manservant. He further explored interpersonal relationships and the inability of the individual to transcend class differences and communicate meaningfully in King and Country (1964), Accident (1967), The Go-Between (1971, one of his best, and one of his most successful), The Romantic Englishwoman (1975), Mr. Klein (1976), and The Trout (1982). Even as the blacklist faded, Losey chose not to return to America. While thematically in tune with his previous work, Losey's final feature, Steaming (1985), based on Nell Dunn's play in which various women interact in a Turkish bath, was an artistically disappointing end to an otherwise arresting career. Tom Milne edited the volume "Losey on Losey," which was published in 1968.

OTHER FILMS INCLUDE: 1951: The Prowler, The Big Night (also cowrote); 1956: Time Without Pity 1959: Chance Meeting(aka Blind Date 1960: The Concrete Jungle 1962: These Are the Damned(akaThe Damned), Eva 1966: Modesty Blaise 1968: Secret Ceremony, Boom! 1970: Figures in a Landscape 1972: The Assassination of Trotsky 1973: Galileo, A Doll's House (Jane Fonda version); 1979: Don Giovanni
 

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