BURGESS MEREDITH - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 289560
BURGESS MEREDITH Shown in army uniform, humorously inscribed to famed make-up artist Bud Whitmore with a quote from Shakespeare: "make up is not important". Photograph inscribed and signed: "Buddy -/'make up is not/important...'/Hamlet/Burgess" B/w, 8x10.
Sale Price $935.00
Shown in army uniform, humorously inscribed to famed make-up artist Bud Whitmore with a quote from Shakespeare: "make up is not important".
Photograph inscribed and signed: "Buddy -/'make up is not/important...'/Hamlet/Burgess" B/w, 8x10. Burgess Meredith (1907-1997), who made his stage debut in 1929 and his film debut in 1936 (Winterset, reprising his stage role), was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor for The Day of the Locust (1975) and Rocky (1976). Meredith appeared in feature films as both a character and lead actor, and his credits include Of Mice and Men (1939), Advise and Consent (1962), In Harm's Way (1965), Hurry Sundown (1967), Foul Play (1978), Grumpy Old Men (1993) and its sequel, Grumpier Old Men (1995). He was also a frequent guest TV performer, appearing in a number of made-for-television movies and on Playhouse 90 (1957), The Twilight Zone (1959, 1961, 1963), Bonanza (1967), The Monkees (1968) and Batman, in one of his most memorable roles, "The Penguin" (series and film, 1966). George H. "Bud" Westmore (1918-1973), the second of three generations of famed Hollywood makeup artists, prepared actors for over 450 film and TV productions, including The Creature in the Black Lagoon. On this photo, Meredith playfully taunts Westmore with his reference to Shakespeare's Hamlet. In that play, Hamlet and other characters repeatedly equate make-up with falseness, and also with the futile effort to escape death, as when Hamlet tells Yorick's skull, "Now get you to my lady's chamber, and tell her, let her paint an inch thick, to this favor she must come." Corners worn and creased. Lightly toned around edges. Surface creases (not seen head on). Otherwise, Fine condition.
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