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CHARLES LAUGHTON - AUTOGRAPH 1933 - HFSID 79891

CHARLES LAUGHTON Charles Laughton signs a card that has been affixed to a color magazine photograph of him in his Academy Award-winning role as King Henry VIII in the 1933 film, The Private Life of Henry VIII. Signature: "Charles

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CHARLES LAUGHTON
Charles Laughton signs a card that has been affixed to a color magazine photograph of him in his Academy Award-winning role as King Henry VIII in the 1933 film, The Private Life of Henry VIII.
Signature: "Charles Laughton", 2¾x1¾, affixed to magazine photograph, color, 4x8, of Laughton in costume in his Academy Award-winning role as King Henry VIII in the 1933 film, The Private Life of Henry VIII. Dated in pencil (unknown hand) at lower right margin: "1933". Ink note (unknown hand) on verso of mounting sheet: "Charles/Laughton/1935". British stage and screen actor Charles Laughton (1899-1962) won the 1932-1933 Best Actor Academy Award for The Private Life of Henry VIII, which he had reprised from his stage role, and he was nominated for Best Actor Oscars for Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and Witness for the Prosecution (1957). Laughton, who made his film debut in 1928, starred in a long list of feature films, including Island of Lost Souls (1933), The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934), Les Misérables (1935), The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Jamaica Inn (both in 1939), It Started With Eve (1941), The Canterville Ghost (1944), Captain Kidd (1945), Young Bess (1953, in which he played King Henry VIII), Spartacus (1960) and Advise and Consent (1962, his last film). The multitalented performer, who became an American citizen in 1950, was also a prolific stage director (he only directed one major film, 1955's Night of the Hunter), producer and drama teacher. Laughton also made several appearances on television from 1949, including roles in several early anthology series, and gave popular one-man tours, reading the works of authors including George Bernard Shaw and William Shakespeare. Laughton, who was a veteran of WWI, was married to actress Elsa Lanchester from February 9, 1929 until his death on December 15, 1962. After one week of filming, Laughton quit the film. He also backed out of Marie Antoinette. According to Lanchester, Laughton would never have made a film if it had been left up to him. Nervous about his performances, Laughton was always threatening to quit early in a production. Signature sheet is lightly creased, touching signature, and soiled. Mounting sheet, which is irregularly cut, is slightly creased.

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