Singer, dancer, and character actress (1917–2007) who won an Academy Award for Best Actress for 1948’s Johnny Belinda, first wife of Ronald Reagan.
Autograph letter signed “Jane”, both sides of personal “Warner Bros.” stationery, 5.75×7.5, undated but envelope postmarked April 12, 1943, addressed “Dear Carolyn”, in full:
I did return from my very pleasant stay in your site, where I received such royal treatment, I felt almost like some Queen.
It was nice getting home though to my dear ones, and to find all the many pieces of mail, it warmed me through and through…
I came across your lovely designs and letter and indeed I am not going to write any thing that will squelch you my dear for I would say you have a ‘God given talent’ and should be encouraged to keep on with your work, they are really lovely.
Maureen wants to send a kiss to the girl who drew the picture of the little girl, she looks at it when I let her and says ‘Murmur’s baby.’ She just threw a kiss to ‘Caro.’
Do you mean for me to keep these Carolyn? I’d like to show them to others if you don’t mind, but will return them if you wish.
Thanks again Carolyn for the privilege of seeing the designs.
Accompanied by original mailing envelope address by Wyman to Carolyn Donovan in Woodside, New York.
Maureen Reagan was just two-years-old at the time of this letter – she was the first child of Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman.
Carrie Donovan was an American fashion editor for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and The New York Times Magazine. When Donovan was just 10 years old, she mailed her own sketches for a design collection to the actress Jane Wyman, who replied with a handwritten letter. This letter, part of a small series of letters from Wyman to Donovan, was a continuation of that initial correspondence as Donovan was just 15-years-old when she received this letter.