BETTY HUTTON - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: GEORGE MURPHY, ANN RUTHERFORD - HFSID 221048
Sale Price $270.00
BETTY HUTTON, GEORGE MURPHY and ANN RUTHERFORD
Betty Hutton, George Murphy and Ann Rutherford sign a first day cover honoring Ballet.
First Day Cover signed: "George Murphy", "Betty Hutton" and "Ann Rutherford", 6½x3¾. First Day Cover honoring Ballet, 13-cent stamp affixed, postmarked New York, New York, April 26, 1978, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. Background on Ballet imprinted on verso. Unknown signature at upper margin. Actress/singer BETTY HUTTON (1921-2007), was singing with bands at age 13. She debuted on Broadway in 1940 (Two for the Show) and in film two years later (The Fleet's In). Her best remembered film musical was Annie Get Your Gun (1950). Hutton left Hollywood after a contract dispute with Paramount in 1952, but she continued to perform on stage and make guest TV appearances. Later, she returned to college, earned a master's degree and taught acting. Dancer/actor GEORGE MURPHY (1902-1992) appeared in film musicals of the 1930s, moving to dramatic roles in the late 1940s. He followed a path similar to that of his friend Ronald Reagan: switching party allegiance from Democratic to Republican, serving as President of the Screen Actors Guild and winning election to the U.S. Senate from California in 1964. At MGM from 1937, ANN RUTHERFORD, born in 1920, gained minor stardom as Polly Benedict in the studio's Andy Hardy series. She was allowed to display her perky comic gifts in a trio of 1940s mystery-comedies co-starring Red Skelton (Whistling in the Dark, Whistling in Dixie, Whistling in Brooklyn), and was quite appealing as Carreen O'Hara in this film. She closed out her film career in 1950 to devote more time to her private life; thereafter limiting her activity to her annual appearance as Suzanne Pleshette's mother on TV's The Bob Newhart Show. Slightly creased at upper edge. Fine condition.
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