‘Maltese Falcon’ statuette to sell
NEW YORK — A statuette featured in the 1941 movie “The Maltese Falcon” is being offered for sale at a New York City auction.
Bonhams says the black figurine is the highlight of a Nov. 25 auction. It did not provide a pre-sale estimate.
The statuette was the most important prop in the classic John Huston film, which starred Humphrey Bogart as a private eye.
Bonhams says it’s etched with a Warner Bros. inventory number and is the only version known to have appeared in the movie.
The auction house says it’s the first time it has come to auction.
The current owner has had the statuette for decades.
The figurine has been featured at the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Tom Skerritt to star in ‘Time to Kill’
NEW YORK — Tom Skerritt will make his Broadway debut in the stage adaptation of John Grisham’s legal thriller “A Time to Kill.”
Skerritt joins a star-studded cast that includes Sebastian Arcelus, Chike Johnson, Patrick Page, Tonya Pinkins, Fred Dalton Thompson, John Douglas Thompson and Ashley Williams. Performances will begin Sept. 28 at the John Golden Theatre. Opening night is set for Oct. 20.
The book for “A Time to Kill” was adapted by Tony Award-winning playwright Rupert Holmes, who wrote “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” and “Curtains.” Ethan McSweeny, who directed “Gore Vidal’s The Best Man,” will once again direct, as he did at Arena Stage.
London’s V&A acquires Vivien Leigh archive
LONDON — Britain’s Victoria & Albert Museum says it has acquired the archive of “Gone With the Wind” star Vivien Leigh, including personal diaries and letters to her husband, Laurence Olivier.
The London museum said it bought the archive from Leigh’s grandchildren for an undisclosed sum.
The trove includes photographs, annotated film and theater scripts, and thousands of letters from Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe, Noel Coward and others.
There are more than 200 letters exchanged with Olivier, to whom Leigh was married for 20 years.
The British-born star won an Academy Award for playing iron-willed Southern belle Scarlett O’Hara in the U.S. Civil War epic “Gone With the Wind.” She died of tuberculosis in 1967, aged 53.
Some of the material will go on display at the museum this fall.
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