FRANCIS X. BUSHMAN - AUTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: JACK LA RUE, MAE MURRAY, MRS. FRANCIS X. BUSHMAN, ERNEST BORGNINE - HFSID 19178
Sale Price $234.00
FRANCIS X. BUSHMAN, ERNEST BORGNINE, JACK LaRUE and MAE MURRAY
All four prominent actors/actress sign on this 7¾x10 page
Signatures: "Ernest Borgnine", "Francis X. Bushman", "Mrs. Francis X. Bushman", "Jack LaRue" and "Mae Murray/[stick figure] ME!", 7¾x10. Newspaper photographs of Mr. and Mrs. Bushman, b/w, 4¾x4¾, and Mae Murray, b/w, 2¾x3¾, affixed at lower margin. A former sculptor's model, FRANCIS XAVIER BUSHMAN (1883-1966) had a beautiful physique which, combined with his handsome looks, propelled him to stardom in pre-20s silents. Known as "the handsomest man in the world" and the first film actor to be called "King of the Movies", he starred in 115 silent films between 1911 and 1914, including his most famous role, Messala in Ben-Hur (1925). Bushman made more than a million dollars a year during the silent era, but lost his fortune in the Crash of 1929. After 1930, he appeared in feature films sporadically, but became a star of radio soap operas. Bushman, who later appeared in David and Bathsheba (1951), Sabrina (1954), The Story of Mankind (1957) and Twelve to the Moon (1960), made his last film, The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini, in 1966, the year of his death. Bushman was married to his third wife, NORMA EMILY ATKINS, until her death in 1956. Bushman then married fourth wife IVY MILICENT that year, when he was 73 years of age. Veteran actor ERNEST BORGNINE (1917-2012) won a Best Actor Academy Award, a British Academy Award, a Cannes Festival award and awards from the New York Film Critics and the National Board of Review for Marty (1955). He has appeared in a number of feature films, including The Dirty Dozen (1966), Ice Station Zebra (1968), The Wild Bunch (1969), The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and Law and Disorder (1974). In 1962, he was cast in the role that most baby boomers best remember him for, Quentin McHale in the sitcom McHale's Navy. Actor JACK LA RUE (1900-1984), who was also known as Gaspare Biondolillo, made his film debut in 1930 and would appear in scores of films over the next five decades. Usually cast in villainous roles, such as a gangster or a thug, but equally menacing in period pictures, such as Westerns (To the Last Man, 1933; Wild Horse Stampede, 1943) and swashbucklers (The Sea Hawk, 1940; The Spanish Main, 1945), La Rue become one of film's most recognized "heavies". Actress/dancer MAE MURRAY (1889-1965), born Marie Adrienne Koenig, was a dancer with the Ziegfeld Follies before she became a silent screen actress known as "The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips". She is best remembered for The Merry Widow (1925), in which she starred opposite matinee idol John Gilbert. ¼x½-inch paper loss at blank left margin, chipped at lower left blank edge. Light rectangular stain beneath Bushman's photograph, likely where a caption was affixed, slightly soiled at right margin near Murray's photograph. Ink number (unknown hand) at lower right corner. Otherwise, fine condition.
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