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Alida Valli in publicity still for The Third Man (1949, dir. Carol Reed) via: Old Hollywood

Alida Valli in publicity still for The Third Man (1949, dir. Carol Reed) via: Old Hollywood

LIBBY HOLMAN (in photo with Clift) (May 23, 1904 – June 18, 1971) American torch singer and stage actress who achieved notoriety for her complex and unconventional personal life; lovers included Jane Bowles • [August 6, 1955] “I had supper at Salka’s, with Virginia and a nice couple – the Fred Greens – who are friends of Montgomery Cliff – now reportedly drinking himself out of his career in the elderly arms of Libby Holman.” (Christopher Isherwood Diaries: 1939-1960, Vol. I, p518)

LIBBY HOLMAN (in photo with Clift) (May 23, 1904 – June 18, 1971) American torch singer and stage actress who achieved notoriety for her complex and unconventional personal life; lovers included Jane Bowles • [August 6, 1955] “I had supper at Salka’s, with Virginia and a nice couple – the Fred Greens – who are friends of Montgomery Cliff – now reportedly drinking himself out of his career in the elderly arms of Libby Holman.” (Christopher Isherwood Diaries: 1939-1960, Vol. I, p518)

"In this disarming love letter — a true testament to the modernist ethos of piercing honesty, exquisite simplicity, and elegant imperfection — Charles proposes to Ray" (Popova, 2013). www.brainpickings.org

"In this disarming love letter — a true testament to the modernist ethos of piercing honesty, exquisite simplicity, and elegant imperfection — Charles proposes to Ray" (Popova, 2013). www.brainpickings.org

HAROLD NICOLSON • English diplomat, author, diarist and politician. • Husband (open marriage) of writer Vita Sackville-West. • His younger son Nigel published works by and about his parents, including Portrait of a Marriage, their correspondence, and Nicolson's diary.

HAROLD NICOLSON • English diplomat, author, diarist and politician. • Husband (open marriage) of writer Vita Sackville-West. • His younger son Nigel published works by and about his parents, including Portrait of a Marriage, their correspondence, and Nicolson's diary.

Fantastic to *hear* Vita Sackville-West talk about the inception of Virginia Woolf's Orlando, hear her read Virginia's letter to her! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRjT7PnBsKY=youtu.be

Fantastic to *hear* Vita Sackville-West talk about the inception of Virginia Woolf's Orlando, hear her read Virginia's letter to her! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRjT7PnBsKY=youtu.be

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