FLORENCE RICE - AUTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: DON BUDGE, ALVIN "AMOS" CHILDRESS, FRANK SHIELDS - HFSID 22808
FLORENCE RICE, FRANK SHIELDS, ALVIN "AMOS" CHILDRESS and DON BUDGE. Signatures: "Florence Rice" and "Frank Shields" and, on verso, "Amos" [Alvin Childress] and "Don Budge" in pencil, 6x4½ album leaf.
Sale Price $204.00
FLORENCE RICE, FRANK SHIELDS, ALVIN "AMOS" CHILDRESS and DON BUDGE. Signatures: "Florence Rice" and "Frank Shields" and, on verso, "Amos" [Alvin Childress] and "Don Budge" in pencil, 6x4½ album leaf. "Amos - Andy" written in ink (unknown hand) beneath Childress' signature. FLORENCE RICE (1911-1974), the daughter of legendary sports journalist Grantland Rice, began her stage career in the late 1920s and debuted in films in 1934 in Fugitive Lady. Pretty and wholesome, she was frequently cast opposite Robert Young (The Longest Night, 1936; Sworn Enemy, 1936; Married Before Breakfast, 1937; Navy Blue and Gold, 1937; and, Paradise for Three, 1938). Perhaps best known for her role as the singing ingénue in the Marx Brothers' At the Circus (1939), Rice retired from films after making The Ghost and the Guest in 1943. FRANK SHIELDS (1910-1975), born Francis X. Shields, a flamboyant, handsome amateur tennis player, reached the Wimbledon finals, only to default due to injury. Shields, who appeared in the feature films Murder in the Fleet (1935), I Love My Life (1935), Come and Get It (1936), The Affairs of Cappy Ricks (1937), Hoosier Schoolboy (1937), Dead End (1937) and The Goldwyn Follies (1938), is the grandfather of actress Brooke Shields. ALVIN CHILDRESS (1907-1986) played Amos Jones on the Amos 'n' Andy TV series (1951-1953). Childress also appeared in several feature films, including Hell's Alley (1931), Anna Lucasta (1959), Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), The Day of the Locust (1975) and The Main Event (1979), and made-for-TV movies, including Eleanor and Franklin (1976). He was also a regular on the TV series, Banyon (1971), and guest starred on several other shows, from Playhouse 90 (1958) to The Jeffersons (1975, 1977). DON BUDGE (1915-2000), born John Donald Budge, the first amateur player to win four major tennis events (the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open) in a single year (1938), also led the U.S. to two Davis Cups (1937, 1938) before turning pro in late 1938. Budge, who was named one of the 20 greatest players of the 20th century by "Tennis" magazine, was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1964. He appeared as himself in several films: Columbia Sports Reel: Tennis Wizards (1947), Pat and Mike (1952) and Kings of the Court (1997). Slightly shaded. 2 file holes at right blank edge, page number written at upper right margin of verso. Overall, fine condition.
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