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Letters to May Ossoli Kelly (May Gibbs) from Dorothy Brown, 6 May and 31 July 19456 May and 31 July 1945

by Dorothy Brown

May Gibbs was an ambitious businesswoman with aspirations of seeing her drawings and stories portrayed in film. These letters from Dorothy Brown in London show that Gibbs was open to new opportunities and ready to promote her delightful gumnut babies in post-war film animation. Unfortunately, the deal did not proceed, as Gaumount-British Animation felt that Gibbs’ stories did not suit animation. Brown was not discouraged and, acting on Gibbs’ behalf, approached Metro Goldwyn Mayer.