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


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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 note signed “Jane”, on message side of postcard, 5×3, undated but postmarked November 22, 1943, addressed “Dear Carolyn”, in full:

I am ashamed to send a card in reply to your swell letter and drawings but again its one of those things working in ‘One More Tomorrow’ and always rehearsing for other programs, the time is just short for all that I have to do.  We entertained for Frank Sinatra while he was here, and I had met him in New York, he is fine I think so I feel highly honored that you chose poor little me to him.  Your drawings are beautiful Carolyn. 

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.