Adler, Stella. (1901–1992)
Signed Holiday Card and Dinner Invitation
Signed holiday card from the American actress and acting teacher, who has penned inside a card printed with an illustration of holly: "To my dear friends / Stella Adler." Together with an autograph dinner invitation penned on a card printed with her name: "Please come to dinner Wednesday - February 16th at 8 o'clok. Stella Adler. Informal." Fine. 5.25 x 6.5 inches (13.3 x 16.8 cm) and 5.5 x 2.75 inches (14 x 7 cm).
Adler's technique, based on a balanced and pragmatic combination of imagination and memory, is hugely credited with introducing the subtle and insightful details and a deep physical embodiment of a character. Elaine Stritch once said: "What an extraordinary combination was Stella Adler—a goddess full of magic and mystery, a child full of innocence and vulnerability." In the book Acting: Onstage and Off, Robert Barton wrote: "[Adler] established the value of the actor putting himself in the place of the character rather than vice versa ... More than anyone else, Stella Adler brought into public awareness all the close careful attention to text and analysis Stanislavski endorsed."