ESTELLE WINWOOD (1883-1984) - is one of those character actresses that you instantly recognize on screen. She actually had a very long successful theatrical career before movies, AND ENJOYED AN EXCEPTIONALLY LONG ROBUST LIFE. Even in her nineties, British actress Estelle Winwood retained the wide-eyed naïveté of her ingénue days. An actress from the age of five, Winwood was trained at the Liverpool Repertory company. As an adult, she specialized in the plays of such leading theatrical lights of the early 20th century as Shaw and Galworthy. In 1918, she starred in Broadway's very first Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Why Marry?," and a few years later scored a personal triumph in "The Circle." In films from 1933, Winwood was often cast as eccentric, birdlike old ladies, some few of which were capable of homicide. She is fondly remembered for such characterizations as Leslie Caron's fairy godmother in "The Glass Slipper" (1953) and the pass-the-hat lady in "The Misfits" (1961) and the un-beddable angel opposite Zero Mostel, "The Producers." Closing out her film career with the 1976 detective spoof "Murder By Death," Estelle Winwood continued appearing on television talk shows until she passed the century mark; she died in her sleep at the age of 101. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide


This is an autograph letter signed, no date, to the producer GUTHRIE McCLINTIC (husband of KATHARINE CORNELL, who happened to have been married earlier to Estelle Winwood), noting that she had seen Cornell the previous evening and was sorry to hear that McClintic was ailing. She also mentions ROBERT MORLEY and her dearest friend TALLULAH BANKHEAD. Written in pencil on imprinted stationery using all sides of the doubled note.








Old Roaring Brook Road
Mount Kisco, New York
MOunt Kisco 6-4992

Dearest Guthrie,

I saw your lovely Kit last night as you know - every time I meet you both I feel I love you both so much and I feel we are all young again and in our own endless hit - really you are the one person who must not be ill as you always seem to exude life and have a radiation that helps us all. So please get well quickly - I suppose you'll think this a silly sentimental note - but I feel that way.

Although I never see you and Kit, you are always two of my best friends.

Robert [MORLEY] seems to be making his way in London & I think I am going there in a month - although I rather dread the cold weather - do you ever think of old Mrs. Bruce[?] - Tallulah was there last night - she is a mass of nerves. It seems silly with so much success - don't bother to answer, I just wanted to write and tell you to get well.


Estelle