GEORGE JESSEL - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 1950 - HFSID 264600
GEORGE JESSEL Photograph Signed: "To John/From/His Pal/Georgie/Jessel/50". B/w, 7½x9½. George Jessel (1898-1981) appeared in vaudeville and on Broadway before his popular late 1940's radio show, That's My Kid
Sale Price $288.00
Photograph Signed: "To John/From/His Pal/Georgie/Jessel/50". B/w, 7½x9½. George Jessel (1898-1981) appeared in vaudeville and on Broadway before his popular late 1940's radio show, That's My Kid. He had made some silents for Warner Brothers and starred on Broadway in The Jazz Singer. When he wanted more money than what Warner Brothers had offered for the movie role, he turned it down and the part eventually went to Al Jolson. He always called this the biggest professional mistake he ever made. Jessel's theme song, "My Mother's Eyes", was introduced in his first sound film, Lucky Boy (1929). Because of his frequent role as master of ceremonies at various entertainment and political gatherings, his sobriquet was "Toastmaster General of the United States". When he introduced a new singing act called the "Gumm Sisters", it brought a laugh from the audience who thought they were a comedy act. So Jessel suggested the name "Garland" to the Gumm Sisters. They became the Garland Sisters and Frances Gumm became Judy Garland. George Jessel was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 1970 Academy Awards. Fine condition.
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