Lot #7114
Ronald Reagan Autograph Letter Signed as President

The actor-turned-president halfheartedly thanks co-star Barbara Stanwyck for “top billing”
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The actor-turned-president halfheartedly thanks co-star Barbara Stanwyck for “top billing”

ALS as president, signed "Ron," one page, 6.75 x 8.75, White House letterhead, August 2, 1981. Handwritten letter to film actress Barbara Stanwyck, in full: "I'm very late in responding to your nice letter of June 17 and I'm sorry. Let me say however it isn't all my fault. It sometimes is quite a spell before mail gets through the bureaucratic maze and lands on my desk. Nancy & I were happy to hear from you and wish we could have been at Lincoln Center. Nancy sends her love as do I and we were both delighted that you were honored. You deserve it. Incidentally I appreciate your willingness to give me top billing in the picture but it might have set me back-RR as…? Anyway thanks and from both of us, warmest regards." In fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, with Reagan adding Stanwyck's name and his secretary filling out the address area, as well as a handsome custom-made quarter-leather case. Reagan's "top billing" comment is in reference to the 1954 film Cattle Queen of Montana, an action-adventure Western which co-starred Stanwyck as the heroine Sierra Nevada Jones and Reagan as Farrell, a hired gunman who helps protect her from Indians and a greedy rancher. An interesting letter showing Reagan's attempt to separate his Hollywood persona from his political career.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: U.S. Presidents
  • Dates: #630 - Ended February 17, 2022

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