CORNEL WILDE - AUTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: JEAN WALLACE, BILL BIRD - HFSID 26258
CORNEL WILDE, JEAN WALLACE and BILL BIRD Husband and wife sign in blue ink on front, and the Pasadena Independent reporter inscribes the verso to George Sanders Signatures: "It was a pleasure/ Cornel Wilde" and "Jean Wallace" both in blue ink, 7¾x10.
Sale Price $221.00
CORNEL WILDE, JEAN WALLACE and BILL BIRD Husband and wife sign in blue ink on front, and the Pasadena Independent reporter inscribes the verso to George Sanders Signatures: "It was a pleasure/ Cornel Wilde" and "Jean Wallace" both in blue ink, 7¾x10. Newspaper clippings (each 3½x1¼) with b/w photos below signatures. Wallace's clipping includes an ink note (unknown hand): "Now she's Mrs. Cornel Wilde." Also inscribed and signed on verso: "Wishing Success and long Life/ to KMLA and my old friend/ Geo. Sanders. Bill Bird". Fragment of a newspaper column by Bird (3½x3¾) with photo inset, in lower right. Also on verso is an unsigned, magazine photo of actor Tony Perkins (color, 2¼x2½). The film career of multilingual CORNEL WILDE (1912-1989) took off when he earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his role as Chopin in A Song to Remember (1945). Other big roles followed, including Forever Amber (1947) and The Greatest Show on Earth. Wilde, who produced many of his own films, often starred in historical epics (Constantine and the Cross, 1962). His last starring role was in The Norseman (1978). Wilde gave up a spot on the 1936 U.S. Olympic fencing team to pursue an acting career. He was fencing instructor for the Broadway version of Olivier's Hamlet (1940). JEAN WALLACE (1923-1990) appeared in films with both her actor husbands, Franchot Tone (The Man in the Eiffel Tower, 1949) and Cornel Wilde (Sword of Lancelot, 1963; No Blade of Grass, 1970). Wilde and Wallace divorced in 1981. BILL BIRD was a reporter for the Pasadena Independent. He had his own column in the Independent, “Bill Bird Reports” in the 1950s and reported on a wide variety of topics, including entertainment news. George R. Sanders, originally a disc jockey, became a prominent radio/TV interview hot, first in Los Angeles and later in Portland. Lightly soiled. Frayed left edge from being removed from album. Staple holes at top and right edges. Ink page numbering at lower right-hand corner. Otherwise, fine condition.
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