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SIGNED AND INSCRIBED 'PHILADELPHIA' AND 'THE PROPS – FAMILY SIZE OXYGEN TANK AND RESPIRATOR – A TAPE RECORDER (HIDDEN UNDER BED) FOR BLACKMIAL – MARIJUANA AND WHISKEY FOR KICKS – A COOL LOVE SCENE'
PEN AND INK
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ILLUSTRATED: THE NEW YORK TIMES, 8 MARCH 1959
EXHIBITED: 'THE ILLUSTRATORS. THE BRITISH ART OF ILLUSTRATION 1837-2015',
NOVEMBER 2015 - JANUARY 2016, NO 199
Sweet Bird of Youth by Tennessee Williams opened on 10 March 1959 at the Martin Beck Theatre in New York. It centres on the disintegrating relationship between the gigolo, Chance Wayne (Paul Newman), and the alcoholic film star, Alexandra Del Lago (Geraldine Page). Though Chance plans to blackmail Del Lago with a secret tape recording in order to get a part in a film, his concentration is diverted by the presence of Heavenly Finley, the only daughter of a powerful and wealthy businessman and politician.