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Great ORIGINAL PLAYBILL from the BELASCO THEARE dated October 27, 1977. It measures 5-1/2" x 9" .

This PLAYBILL was to promote the Judith Roth Comedy Broadway Play,

AN ALMOST PERFECT PERSON

Judith Ross' romantic comedy/social commentary rests its feet on that well-worn theatrical device known as the love triangle. The play begins with the defeat of Irene Porter (Dewhurst), a widowed mother and Democrat, in her campaign for a New York congressional seat against an aging male Republican rival. In the midst of her loss, Irene turns first to her campaign manager, Dan, and then to her campaign treasurer and best friend, Jerry, for a little physical and emotional comfort. When both men fall for Irene, she must contend with her own ideas of what a liberated woman should be.

Ross' play is set in 1977—a time when women and men were beginning the long process of making sense of the sexual revolution. The characters face some difficult questions, but here things are amicable and easy. Maybe it's just that we've come a long way, baby. Or maybe this light, pleasant production just didn't get into the meat of what we have yet to work out.

This playbill was used promote the stage play that starred Academy Award winner, Colleen Dewhurst.

It's complete nice shape. Also inside a centerfold ad with a great photo of LAUREN HUTTON, Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn for The Gin Game, ads for PAN AM and UNITED AIRLINES, Photos of Liza Minelli, Anne Bancroft, Jack Lemmon, Robert Vaughn, Jason Robarbs, Kirk Douglas, Alexis Smith, Robert De Niro, Bibi Anderson.

There are articles on Yul Brynner and Oscar de la Renta, and Zero for FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.

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MORE INFO COLLEEN DEWHURST: Colleen Rose Dewhurst (June 3, 1924 – August 22, 1991) was a Canadian-American actress known most for theatre roles, and for a while as "the Queen of Off-Broadway." In her autobiography, Dewhurst wrote: "I had moved so quickly from one Off-Broadway production to the next that I was known, at one point, as the 'Queen of Off-Broadway'. This title was not due to my brilliance but rather because most of the plays I was in closed after a run of anywhere from one night to two weeks. I would then move immediately into another." She was a renowned interpreter of the works of Eugene O'Neill on the stage, and her career also encompassed film, early dramas on live television, and Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival. One of her last roles was playing Marilla Cuthbert in the Kevin Sullivan television adaptations of the Anne of Green Gables series and her reprisal of the role in the subsequent TV series Road to Avonlea (marketed as Avonlea in the USA).

Dewhurst was born in Montreal, Quebec, the only child of Ferdinand Augustus "Fred" Dewhurst, owner of a chain of confectionery stores, and his wife, Mary Frances (née Woods) Dewhurst, a homemaker, whose father had been a "well-known athlete in Canada, where he had played football with the Ottawa Rough Riders". The family naturalized as U.S. citizens before 1940. Colleen's mother was a Christian Scientist, which faith Colleen would also embrace.

The Dewhursts moved to Massachusetts in 1928 or 1929, staying in Boston, Dorchester, Auburndale, and West Newton. Later they moved to New York City, and then to Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. She attended Whitefish Bay High School for her first two years of high school, moved to Shorewood High School for her junior year, and finally graduated from Riverside High School in Milwaukee in 1942. It was around this time that her parents separated. Dewhurst went on to attend Milwaukee-Downer College for two years before moving to New York City to pursue an acting career.

One of Dewhurst's most significant stage roles was in the 1974 Broadway revival of O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten as Josie Hogan, for which she won a Tony Award. She previously won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in 1961 for All the Way Home. She later played Katharina in a 1956 production of Taming of the Shrew for Joseph Papp. She (as recounted in her posthumous obituary in collaboration with Tom Viola) wrote:

With Brooks Atkinson's blessing, our world changed overnight. Suddenly in our audience of neighbors in T-shirts and jeans appeared men in white shirts, jackets and ties, and ladies in summer dresses. We were in a hit that would have a positive effect on my career, as well as Joe's, but I missed the shouting.

She played Shakespeare's Cleopatra and Lady Macbeth for Papp and, years later, Gertrude in a production of Hamlet at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. Dewhurst and George C. Scott met while working together in 1958, in Children of Darkness, while they were both married to other people.

Colleen appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Hour in Night Fever in 1965. Dewhurst appeared with Ingrid Bergman in More Stately Mansions on Broadway in 1967. Quintero directed her in O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night and Mourning Becomes Electra. She appeared in Edward Albee's adaptation of Carson McCullers' Ballad of the Sad Cafe, and as Martha in a Broadway revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, opposite Ben Gazzara which Albee directed.

She appeared in 1962 as Joanne Novak in the episode "I Don't Belong in a White-Painted House" in NBC's medical drama, The Eleventh Hour, starring Wendell Corey and Jack Ging.[5] Dewhurst appeared opposite her then-husband, Scott, in a 1971 television adaptation of Arthur Miller's The Price, on Hallmark Hall of Fame, an anthology series, and there is another television recording of them together when she played Elizabeth Proctor to his unfaithful John in Miller's The Crucible (with Tuesday Weld. In 1977, Woody Allen cast her in his film Annie Hall as Annie's mother.

In 1972 she played a madam, Mrs. Kate Collingwood, in The Cowboys (1972), which starred John Wayne. In 1985, she played the role of Marilla Cuthbert in Kevin Sullivan's adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery's novel Anne of Green Gables, and reprised the role in 1987's Anne of Avonlea (also known as Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel), and in several episodes of Kevin Sullivan's Road to Avonlea. Dewhurst died before the character of Marilla could be written out and her final scenes were picked up off the editing-room floor and pieced together for her death scene. During 1989 and 1990, she appeared in a supporting role on the television series Murphy Brown playing the feisty mother of Candice Bergen's title character; this role earned her two Emmy Awards, the second being awarded posthumously. Dewhurst won a total of two Tony Awards and four Emmy Awards for her stage and television work.

Dewhurst was married to James Vickery from 1947 to 1960. She married and divorced George C. Scott twice. They had two sons, Alexander Scott and actor Campbell Scott; she co-starred with Campbell in Dying Young (1991), one of her last performances. During the last years of her life, she lived on a farm in South Salem, New York, with her partner, Ken Marsolais. They also had a summer home on Prince Edward Island, Canada.

She was president of the Actors' Equity Association from 1985 until her death from cervical cancer in 1991. Dewhurst's Christian Science beliefs[citation needed] led to her refusal to countenance any kind of surgical treatment. Maureen Stapleton wrote about Dewhurst:

Colleen looked like a warrior, so people assumed she was the earth mother. But in real life Colleen was not to be let out without a keeper. She couldn't stop herself from taking care of people, which she then did with more care than she took care of herself. Her generosity of spirit was overwhelming and her smile so dazzling that you couldn't pull the fucking reins in on her even if you desperately wanted to and knew damn well that somebody should.[

Dewhurst died of cervical cancer, age 67, at her South Salem home. She was cremated and her ashes were given to family and friends; no public service was planned. In addition to her sons, she was survived by two grandchildren.

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COLLEEN DEWHURST Original AN ALMOST PERFECT PERSON PLAYBILL
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