Jane Wyman 1943 Autograph Letter Signed – To Carrie Donovan as Teenager


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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.” notecard, 5.5×3.5, undated but envelope postmarked August 11, 1943, addressed “Dear Carolyn”, in part:

I’m sorry I have been away through the middle West visiting the Army Camps for a number of weeks…now I can turn my attention to the vast amount of mail stacked around me.  As always your drawings are beautiful, and your poems I love.  I used to do or rather write some when I was young but I have to take my hat off to you for yours are really lovely.  I wish I could absorb some of the quiet and peace of Lake Placid…

Accompanied by original mailing envelope address by Wyman to Carolyn Donovan in Lake Placid, New York.

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.