American Olympic wrestler, film actor, and stage performer (1895-1967) who won a silver medal in the freestyle heavyweight division at the Antwerp 1920 Summer Olympics. Collection of 16 TLSs from Olympic medalist and film actor Nat Pendleton, signed either “Nat,” “Nat P.,” or with his full name, each one page, the majority 8.5 x 11, dated between 1936 and 1942, with one undated. All are addressed to admirer Cecilia Iwanaga, with the letters mostly concerning his upcoming starring roles. Highlights include: December 15, 1936: “I’m supposed to start this week in another picture, hope I’m well enough to start on time. Anyway the title of the picture is ‘Ever Since Adam.’ I play the lead. How’s that for a change?”; September 27, 1938: “I have just finished a picture with Lew Ayres called ‘Young Dr. Kildare.’ I haven’t a very large part, but may get a laugh or two, I hope”; December 8, 1938: “I expect to continue in the ‘Doctor Kildare’ series with Lew Ayres and there are some plans a foot for me to go into a picture with William Powell in a sequel of the ‘Thin Man’”; and March 17, no year but circa 1940: “The last thing I did at the studio was some retakes on the newest Doctor Kildare picture. Just previous to that I had a very good part in picture with Frank Morgan, entitled The Ghost Comes Back.” In overall fine condition. All but one of the letters are accompanied by their original mailing envelopes.
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