Drawing: Rachel Weisz

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It’s Weisz as in ‘vice’, which sums up my hobby of collecting signed sketches in a nutshell. It’s the correct way to say Rachel’s surname and if it’s with an hungarian accent even more correct. The quinessential ‘English Rose’, as she is often described and the 127th actress to receive the Academy Award ( to show off my trivia knowledge) was busy this week with two Gala screenings at the BFI London Film Festival, for The Lobster and Youth.This doubled my chances of getting my drawing signed. Rachel has signed a drawing I did of her in her Olivier Award-winning role as Blanche Dubois in the Donmar Warehouse production of A streetcar Named Desire a few years ago. That graph was a ‘full’ one with every letter recognisable because she did it sitting quietly in her dressing-room. In the heat of battle at a Premiere the sig become more streamlined with more flow than definition due to the demand and time constraint. Getting a dedication is a bonus. But all went swimmingly as the English say. I managed to get it signed at the first outing with an inscription and a heart…or maybe that’s an ice cream cone. Either way she was happy and I was happy.

Drawing: Elliot Cowan, Rachel Weisz and Ruth Wilson in A Streetcar Named Desire

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Tennessee Williams 1947  Pulitzer Prize winning play A Streetcar Named Desire had a hugely acclaimed revival at London’s Donmar Warehouse from July to October in 2009.

It featured Oscar winner Rachel Weisz as the drunken, pretentious Southern belle, Blanche DuBois; Ruth Wilson as her self-effacing sister, Stella Kowalski and Elliot Cowan as Stanley Kowalski, the primal, brutish husband. All three signed for me in September 2009.

The first West End staging starred Vivien Leigh and was directed by her husband Laurence Olivier in 1949.

Both Rachel (Best Actress) and Ruth (Best Supporting Actress) won Olivier awards for their performances.

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