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The Ritz and Other Plays

New York: Dodd, Mead, 1976. First Edition. INSCRIBED by the author in the year of publication on the front endpaper: "For Ruth / In small token of all the love, friendship and happiness she has given me / Terrence / November 1976."

Ruth Ford was an American stage and film actress, sister to the bohemian surrealist Charles Henri Ford. She began her career as a model for the likes of Harper’s and Mademoiselle, and early on was a member of Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre. With Welles’ help she went on to land work in Hollywood. Her best known films include “The Keys of the Kingdom” (1944), Anthony Mann’s “Strange Impersonation” (1946), and Frank Perry’s “Play It As It Lays” (1972).

Her persona was as important—if not more important—than her career in film and on the stage. For more than 40 years, her apartment in the Dakota, the gabled, fortress-like building on 72nd Street, welcomed the likes of William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, Terrence McNally, Stephen Sondheim, and Truman Capote. A chance encounter between Arthur Laurents in her Manhattan living room led to the pair’s collaboration on “West Side Story.”

Includes "The Ritz," made into film in 1976 (directed by Richard Lester, starring Jack Weston and Rita Moreno), "Bad Habits," "Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?" and "...And Things That Go Bump in the Night," as well as "Whiskey," and "Bringing It All Back Home."

Near Fine in a Very Good plus, price-clipped dust jacket. Spine ends lightly bumped. Jacket shows light shelfwear, and a tiny chip at the bottom of the front panel.

From the estate of Ruth Ford.
[Book #127994]
Price: $200.00
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