FRED ASTAIRE - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 251995
Sale Price $450.00
A publicity photograph from the film Follow the Fleet, signed with Fred's "Best"
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Harry/Best from/Fred Astaire". Sepia, 10x8. Shown with Ginger Rogers in still from the film Follow the Fleet, ©1936 RKO Radio Pictures. Fred Astaire (1899-1987) began his career touring in the vaudeville circuit with his sister Adele as a dancing partner. After many stage hits, he was given a screen test resulting in the famous verdict: "Can't act. Slightly bald. Can dance a little." In the 1930s, he was paired with Ginger Rogers in ten films and continued to dominate musical films in the 1940s. Astaire was a recipient of a special Academy Awardin 1949 for his contribution to films and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for The Towering Inferno in 1974. He died at 88 in 1987. Lightly soiled. Pinholes at corners, with resulting ¼x¼-inch paper loss in left corners. Ink note on verso (no show through). Otherwise, fine condition.
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