Description: Mexican-American actor Ramon Novarro (1899-1968) sent this charming letter to a fan and aspiring actress in 1937 who had asked for advice in furthering her career. Novarro answered humorously: “There is nothing more difficult for any one than to give advice. However if I don’t try, you would consider me very selfish, and even if I am I wouldn’t like you to know it, so here it goes.” He goes on to suggest not enrolling in a school of drama because “Acting not being a standardized art cannot be taught, like dancing for instance. The best way you can learn is by seeing good acting” and encourages her to be “as natural as you can possibly be”.
Novarro began his career in silent films and later became a leading man and sex symbol in the 1920s and 30s. He struggled with conflicting feelings about his homosexuality and his Roman Catholic religion throughout his life which may have led to his alcoholism.
Typed on two pages on a folded piece of 6 ¾” x 10 ¾” “Ten Park Avenue” stationery. Includes original transmittal envelope. Item #A00775.
Condition: Fold lines, a few minimal spots not affecting text, otherwise in excellent condition with an elegantly penned signature. Envelope has mounting remnants on verso.