London: . One APS, about 150 words. Addressed to noted poet and Irish-American musician Terence Winch. Postcard mild handling wear. Very good plus. WITH: Program and ticket from local Washington DC premier of RAIDERS. Item #19958
Fascinating postcard from actress Karen Allen to long-time friend Terence Winch, written from London while in the midst of filming RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. In part: "I'm working on S. Spielberg's film 'The Raiders of the Lost Arc' [sic]. It's a 1936 cross between 'The African Queen' & "The Thief of Bagdad' - a wonderful, fun story, the likes of which I've never attempted and am feeling way out of my element in, but greatly challenged. I play a real tough dame who gets caught up in a search for the greatest religious relic of all time. I've been in a pit with 5000 real snakes for the past two weeks, the most important resources being a sense of humor and quick reflexes." Though undated, the reference to the iconic Well of Souls scene in RAIDERS dates this postcard to about July 1980 when the cast and crew were filming at Elstree Studios, early in the film's production. RAIDERS would go on to be the highest grossing film of 1981 and one of the most popular films of all time. It was nominated for multiple Academy Awards, inlcuding Best Picture and Director, and Allen won a Saturn Award for her portrayal of romantic lead Marion Ravenwood. A revealing document, penned during the making of one of the most famous scenes in a Hollywood classic.