DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS SR. - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 38157
Sale Price $935.00
DOUGLAS FAIRBANKSSepia-toned publicity photo of Fairbanks as Michel, the "Black Pirate", with a sword and sitting on a chest with a jolly smile Inscribed photograph signed "To Arthur Ball/Best wishes/Douglas Fairbanks". B/w sepia-toned, 7¼x9¼, printed on cardstock. This photograph of Douglas Fairbanks appears on a movie poster for The Black Pirate, a 1926 silent film produced, written by and starring Douglas Fairbanks. The United Artists film is remembered for its innovative use of an early version of Technicolor. United Artists was formed by Fairbanks, his future wife Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin and D.W. Griffith in 1919. In 1902, Fairbanks (1883-1939) made his Broadway debut in Her Lord and Master. He married Anna Beth Sully, the daughter of an industrialist, in 1907, and left acting to work for her father's soap company. When his father-in-law lost his fortune in 1908, Fairbanks Sr. returned to the theatre. His son and namesake, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., was born the following year, and in 1915, the family moved to Hollywood. During a World War I Liberty Bond tour with Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford, Fairbanks fell in love with "America's Sweetheart." Having divorced Anna in 1918, Fairbanks Sr. married Pickford in 1920, and the couple settled in their Hollywood mansion, Pickfair. They reached the peaks of their careers in the 1920s. Pickford and Fairbanks separated in 1933, the year Pickford retired from acting. After their divorce in 1936, Fairbanks Sr. also retired. Lightly toned, creased and bowed. Bumps from adhesive residue on verso, which touch signature. Pinhead-sized areas of paper loss on Fairbanks' head. Errors in negative were reproduced in photo. Edges are worn. Light tear in upper left corner. Otherwise, fine condition.
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