Postcard containing a photograph of Irene Yvanova, left, and Wayland Rudd. An African-American, Rudd went to Moscow in 1932 to make a movie, and decided to remain in the U.S.S.R. Rudd and Yvanova were entertainers in the U.S.S.R, and the back of the postcard contains the handwritten sentence: "We played 'Deep are the Roots' for the Soviet people." "Deep are the Roots" was an American play about a sensitive African-American man seeking his own identity in a racist society. Rudd met Charlotta Bass, publisher of the California Eagle, when she visited Moscow in 1950. At that time, Rudd was the manager and director of one of Moscow's largest movie theaters.
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