BEN LYON - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH CIRCA 1936 - HFSID 289511
Sale Price $216.00
Shown in trench coat and hat, strolling down a deserted street, inscribed in person to collector Saul Goodman
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Saul/Best wishes/Ben Lyon". B/w, 8x10. Collector's ink stamp on verso dates signature: June 11, 1936. Ben Lyon (1901-1979, born in Atlanta, Georgia) was an American actor who starred in films of the silent and early talking era. In Howard Hughes' Hell's Angels (1930), he piloted his own plane. He married Bebe Daniels in 1930. Both moved to England in 1935 and became popular radio and television personalities there. Lyon fought in the Royal Air Force during World War II. After Bebe's death, he married former movie co-star Marian Nixon. In 1946, while working for 20th Century Fox, he organized a color screen test for a young actress named Norma Jean Dougherty, got Dougherty her first contract and suggested a name change to "Marilyn Monroe". Saul Goodman (1919-2003), a New York business man by day, pursued his love of film and theatre in the evening, making friends with many celebrities. While other autograph seekers offered album leaves, Goodman presented stars with snazzy photographs, a rarity then, to sign in fountain pen. Corners worn and creased. Lightly toned around edges. Pencil note (unknown hand) on verso. Paper affixed on verso. Otherwise, Fine condition.
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