BEATON, CECIL. 1904-1980.
4 Autograph Letters Signed ("Cecil"), 7 pp recto and verso, 4to, various places including London and Burbank, CA, [1937-c.1975], most to George Cukor, on various letterheads including Warner Bros, earliest letter with autograph transmittal envelope, light toning and creasing throughout.
Provenance: Estate of Charles Williamson and Tucker Fleming.
Photographer and designer Cecil Beaton met director George Cukor in the 1930s, and most famously worked with him on the 1964 musical My Fair Lady for which Beaton won an Academy Award© for Best Art Direction and Costume Design. The earliest letter to Cukor in this lot reveals Beaton's desire to work in Hollywood and even gives a short resume of his theatrical work; the latest letter to Cukor is written at the end of Beaton's work on My Fair Lady, and references the trouble on the set. In part: "My contract expires next Friday. I am hoping that Mrs. Higgins' set will be finished in a very few days. Is there anything else you would like me to do as I am quite anxious to get back to where I belong--particularly in view of the unhappiness of the last weeks. / I would like to thank you for all the brunches & entertainment at your house & for the many kindnesses you showed me until things went wrong between us."