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April 13th 1943 letter from Domestic Radio Bureau (NYC) to Annabella Power at Pierre Hotel 5th Avenue &61st Street NYC.
Merritt W. Barnum, Deputy Chief, thanking her for ‘your appearance last Tuesday on the many radio programs over which you spoke…I am sure that everyone who heard you was as moved and charmed as was I..’. Signed.
Nice Victory Bond logo LL.
Vertical and horizontal folds.Some yellowing on letter text.
Annabella (1907 –1996) was a French cinema actress who appeared in 46 films between 1927 and 1952, including some Hollywood films during the late 1930s and 1940s.
She was cast as the female lead in the British-made film Wings of the Morning with Henry Fonda. Under contract to 20th Century Fox, she traveled to America and appeared in Suez with Loretta Young and Tyrone Power. Her romance with Power was widely reported by movie magazines of the day. Darryl F. Zanuck, movie mogul at 20th Century Fox, did not want his matinee idol married. He offered Annabella a multi-movie deal that would take her overseas. She refused to leave Power, and on completion of Suez , she returned to France to obtain a divorce from her then-husband, Jean Murat. She and Power married on 23 April 1939. The two honeymooned in Rome. Within a few months, Annabella and Power had again flown to Europe to bring Annabella's mother back to live in their home, while her father and brother remained behind. Her brother was ultimately shot and killed by the Nazis. Annabella made a return trip to bring her daughter, Anne, back from France to live with them. Power adopted Anne before leaving for the service in 1942.
In the late fall of 1942, Annabella, who had become a US citizen that year, flew to Washington to seek help contacting her mother in Nazi-occupied France.
While Power was in training, relations between Annabella and Fox seemed to defrost slightly, and professionally it was a busy year. She participated in a grueling war bond tour, which worked its way across the country, ending in the fall.