GEORGE BURNS - AUTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: WALLACE "WALLY" FORD, GRACIE ALLEN - HFSID 342971
Sale Price $315.00
GEORGE BURNS, GRACIE ALLEN and WALLY FORDThe husband and wife performers, as well as the longtime actor, sign their names in pencil for child actor Billy Seay Signatures: "Grace Allen", "George Burns", and "Wally Ford" in pencil. 1 page, 6x4½. GEORGE BURNS (1896-1996, born Nathan Birnbaum in New York City), the star of vaudeville, radio, television and motion pictures,co-starred with his wife GRACIE ALLEN until her retirement in 1958 (she died in 1964), then continued performing in television, theater and nightclubs as a solo act. When he returned to films in 1975 after a 30-year hiatus, Burns won the 1975 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actorin The Sunshine Boys. He later starred in the title role in Oh, God!(1977) and appeared in Going in Style (1979) and 18 Again! (1988). The comedian, who was honored in television specials celebrating his 90th and 95th birthdays, also wrote Gracie, A Love Story (1988) and 100 Years, 100 Stories (1996). He died in 1996 at the age of 100. WALLY FORD (1898-1966) was an English actor with almost 160 movies and TV shows to his credit between 1930 and 1965. Ford made his show biz premiere in vaudeville and music halls at 11; he made his Broadway debut a decade later as Higgins in The Poppy God(1921). He debuted on the silver screen in 1930 and put bread on the table with wisecracking lead roles in B-movies, with an occasional foray into critical approval (The Informer, 1935, and Shadow of a Doubt, 1943). He also appeared on Broadway frequently during the 1920s, and he created the part of George, the friend of slow-witted Lennie, in the Broadway adaptation of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men (1937-1938 performing 207 times). Later in his career, he found work in middle-aged character roles, playing wistful drunks and wise good-for-nothings, ending his career with a powerful performance as Ole Pa in A Patch of Blue. Ford was orphaned while still a baby; his search for his parents in the 1930s drew worldwide attention and headlines. B-movie fans may recognize Ford from his leading role as Phroso in Tom Browning's legendary film Freaks (1932). From the album collection of child actor BILLY SEAY (1922-2012), who appeared in many films throughout the decade including The Greater Glory (1926), My Man (1928), and The Marriage Playground (1929). Seay would leave Hollywood in the early 1930s to become a noted artist and illustrator. Toned and slightly soiled. Light surface creases. Binding holes in right margin. Corners rounded. Otherwise, fine condition.
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