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CHARLES D. COBURN - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 282788

CHARLES COBURN Photo, laughing and wearing a monocle, inscribed with a Shakespearean culinary verse to Joseph Peppino, "the Spaghetti King." Coburn had recited these words while playing Macbeth on stage.

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CHARLES COBURN
Photo, laughing and wearing a monocle, inscribed with a Shakespearean culinary verse to Joseph Peppino, "the Spaghetti King." Coburn had recited these words while playing Macbeth on stage.
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Joseph Peppino/The Spaghetti King/'May good digestion wait/on appetite, and health/on both.'/Charles Coburn". B/w 8x10. Inscribed with white ink. Broadway actor, producer and director Coburn (1877-1961), born Charles Douville Coburn, did not appear in his first feature film (Of Human Hearts) until 1938, when he was 61. In 1940, he portrayed Dr. Henry Gordon, who unjustly amputated Drake McHugh's (Ronald Reagan) legs in Kings Row, resulting in the future President's greatest screen line (and title of his first autobiography): "Where's the rest of me?" Coburn was nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor (1941, The Devil and Miss Jones; 1943, The More the Merrier; 1946, The Green Years). He won in 1943 for his portrayal of elderly Benjamin Dingle, a likable business executive forced by the wartime housing shortage to share a Washington D.C. apartment with Jean Arthur and Joel McCrea. Joseph "Peppino" Micolo, owner of a popular Beverly Hills restaurant, who collected photographs autographed by celebrity guests. The quotation Coburn has cited, often used as a toast, is from Shakespeare's Macbeth. Coburn spoke these words on stage. With his wife, Iva Wells, he led a Shakespearean company, the Coburn Shakespeare Players, from 1906 to 1937. Only after her death did he close the company and move to Hollywood. While leading the company, Coburn played all the leading Shakespearean roles. Creased and chipped at edges and corners. Lower corners are missing. Toned and soiled.

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