ANNIE CROFT - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 146732
Sale Price $252.00
Signed vintage 3x5¼ photograph of the internationally-known English stage actress. Extremely rare!
Photograph signed: "Sincerely yours/Annie Croft" in black ink. Sepia, 3½x5¼. Annie Croft (1896-1959) was an English stage actress who gained international fame throughout Europe, Australia and the United States. A singer since the age of 5, Croft hit the London stages performing Shakespearean classics, winning over audiences with her portrayals of Juliet (Romeo and Juliet) and Viola (The Twelfth Night). She was introduced to theatre impresario Robert Courtneidge who kept her in leading roles on London stages for five years. She also was a regular performer at the London Hippodrome's revues of The Peep Show and Brighter London. Later she toured to the United States where she study singing, traveling with her husband Reginald Sharland who started a budding career in Hollywood. While in Hollywood they both starred in the short On with the Dance (1927). Croft made her Australian premiere in 1928 at His Majesty's Theatre in Brisbane, performing the title role of The Girl Friend. Croft and Shepard are the parents of famous director David John Croft (OBE). Silvering at edges (lightly touching signature, still legible). Corners slightly creased and rounded. Heavy adhesive residue on verso. Ink note (unknown hand) on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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