ANITA ELLIS - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 205658
Sale Price $72.00
B/w Burt Glin photo of jazz and swing singer Anita Ellis singing with her eyes closed and in black tights, signed with "Love" and a drawing of three birds in flight. Ellis she dubbed the movie singing voices for Rita Hayworth, Vera-Ellen and Jeanne Crain in the 1940s and 1950s.
Photographs signed "Love,/Anita/Ellis/[three birds in flight]" in blue ink. B/w, 8x10 overall, 6¼x9½ image, one surface. ©Burt Glinn and Magnum, with copyright stamp on verso in black ink. Jazz and swing singer Ellis, born Anita Kert in 1920, was afflicted with paralyzing stage fright, which may explain why she dubbed the movie singing voices for Rita Hayworth (Gilda, 1946; The Loves of Carmen, 1948; Down to Earth, 1947; and The Lady from Shanghai), Vera-Ellen (Three Little Words, 1950; and The Belle of New York, 1952) and Jeanne Crain (Gentlemen Marry Brunettes, 1955). She overcame her fright to appear in New York-area concerts in the 1970s and early 1980s and cabaret acts around the world before calling it quits in 1987. Ellis also had six acting credits between 1938 and 1953, appeared on Broadway twice, in Maggie (1953) and Flower Drum Song (1958-1960) and was a regular on The Red Skelton Show. Lightly toned, creased and bowed. Siganture is lightly beaded but legible. Otherwise in fine condition.
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