BILL "BOJANGLES" ROBINSON - AUTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: BONITA GRANVILLE - HFSID 287437
The first solo black tap dancer and actress, producer and director Granville who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1936, sign opposite sides of a 4½x5 piece of paper
Sale Price $216.00
BILL "BOJANGLES" ROBINSON CO-SIGNED: BONITA GRANVILLE The first solo black tap dancer and actress, producer and director Granville who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1936, sign opposite sides of a 4½x5 piece of paper Signature: "Bill Robinson" and "Bonita Granville" on verso, 4½x5. Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (1878-1949), born Luther Robinson and the grandson of a slave, was first Black solo tap dancer, headlining on vaudeville for 30 years. He also performed his famous "soft shoe" and tap routines in revues on Broadway before breaking into films in the 1930s. Robinson made four popular movies with Shirley Temple (The Littlest Rebel and The Little Colonel, 1935; Dimples, 1936; and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, 1938) and starred with Will Rogers (In Old Kentucky, 1935) and Lena Horne (Stormy Weather, 1943, his last film). Bonita Granville (1923-1988, born in Chicago, Illinois) made her film debut in 1932 at the age of nine in Westward Passage and four years later she was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in These Three (1936). Known for playing the title role in four Nancy Drew films (1938-1939) and starring opposite Mickey Rooney in two Andy Hardy outings (1944, 1946), Granville also appeared in such films as Little Women (1933), Anne of Green Gables (1934), Maid of Salem (1937), The People vs. Dr. Kildare (1941), Now, Voyager (1942), Hitler's Children (1943) and The Lone Ranger (1956). She was also a familiar face on early TV anthologies (beginning in 1951), and Granville guest starred on several TV series, including Lassie (1965), which she produced and directed. Granville, who was married to producer Jack Wrather from 1947 until his death in 1984, was also known for her involvement with a number of charities. Heavily soiled. Robinson's signature shows through affecting the "B" in Granville's signature. Previously authenticated by JSA.
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