GEORGE JESSEL - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 1943 CO-SIGNED BY: RACKHAM HOLT, JERRE MANGIONE, WALTER V. MCKEE - HFSID 29597
GEORGE JESSEL, CO-SIGNED BY: JERRE MANGIONE, RACKHAM HOLT, WALTER V. McKEE Guest book page signed in 1943 by actor George Jessel, authors Jerre Mangione and Rackham Holt and book publisher Walter V.
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GEORGE JESSEL, CO-SIGNED BY: JERRE MANGIONE, RACKHAM HOLT, WALTER V. McKEE
Guest book page signed in 1943 by actor George Jessel, authors Jerre Mangione and Rackham Holt and book publisher Walter V. McKee, plus four other unidentified signatures
Autograph notes signed "To Rose/And No Other Name/Is As Sweet/Georgie Jessel/43", "To my old friends at Field's/Rackham Holt June 28, 1943 -", "In memory of a Field Day/in Chicago-/Jerre Mangione" and, on verso, "Walter V. McKee/5/13/43/I thought of many things and/then [illegible] none", plus four other unidentified signatures. 2 pages, 7¾x11½, 1 sheet, front and verso. JESSEL (1898-1981, born in New York City), who became known as the "Toastmaster General of the United States" for his frequent role as Master of Ceremonies at entertainment and political gatherings, appeared in vaudeville (he was a partner of Eddie Cantor at age 11) and on Broadway before having a radio show, That's My Kid. Jessel, who had done several silent films for Warner Bros., starred on Broadway in The Jazz Singer, but when the studio refused to meet his salary demands for the film, he turned down the movie role, which eventually went to Al Jolson. The Jazz Singer, of course, is the first official "talkie". By 1945, Jessel, who was well known for his Broadway and nightclub work, was producing musicals for 20th Century-Fox. One of the original founding members of the California branch of the Friars Club (1946), Jessel also traveled widely to raise funds for various causes and entertained troops overseas as part of the U.S.O. In 1969, he was awarded the Jean Hershold Humanitarian Award, a special Oscar, for his charity work. Jessel, who was married to actress Norma Talmadge from 1934-1939, wrote two volumes of memoirs, So Help Me (1943) and This Way, Miss (1955), and also wrote eulogies for many of his Hollywood contemporaries. MANGIONE (1909-1998) was an American writer best known for his novels, which were often thinly veiled biographies, about Sicilian-American life. A member of the New Deal Federal Writers' Project, Magione published his first book, Mount Allegro, in 1943, to counter popular conceptions that all Sicilian-Americans were criminals. He claimed in a 1981 interview that he wanted to publish the book as nonfiction, but that his publisher decided it would sell better as fiction; Mangione acquiesced by changing the names in the book, but nothing else. Mount Allegro appeared briefly on the New York Times bestseller list and on the non-fiction list of the New York Herald Tribune. Rochester, New York also renamed his old neighborhood "Mt. Allegro" in honor of the book two decades after its publication. His other books include Passion for Sicilians: The World Around Danilo Dolci' (1968) and An Ethnic at Large: Memoirs of America in the 30's and 40's (1978), published during his tenure as an English professor at theh University of Pennsvlvania. HOLT is an author who has written biographies on George Washington Carver and educator Mary McLeod Bethune. McKEE was a New York City book publisher. Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Light show-through touches signatures. Torn neatly from guest book at right edge. Lightly discolored along left edge. Otherwise in fine condition.
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