Autograph Quotation Signed - 1917
Unusual Autograph Quotation Signed by the famed actress Lillie Langtry in 1917, the last year she performed on stage in America. Written on Actors Fund Fair letterhead, Langtry pens the opening line of Robert Burns’s Scots poem, Auld Lang Syne: “‘Should auld acquaintance / be forgot’ / Lillie Langtry / 1917.” A scarce, one-of-a-kind memento from one of the more colorful entertainers in British-American history.
Lillie Langtry (1853 -1929) was a British-American socialite, actress, and producer, celebrated as a young woman of great beauty and charm.
By 1881, she had become an actress and starred in many plays in the UK and the United States, including “She Stoops to Conquer,” “The Lady of Lyons,” and “As You Like It,” eventually running her own stage production company. In later life she performed “dramatic sketches” in vaudeville. She was also known for her relationships with noblemen, including the Prince of Wales, the Earl of Shrewsbury, and Prince Louis of Battenberg, and was a confidante of poet/playwright Oscar Wilde.
Lillie Langtry as “Cleopatra” circa 1895 (reference only; not included)