GLORIA JEAN - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 326595
Sale Price $288.00
Large (11x14) photograph of the smiling actress in a sequined dress, signed to a fan as her "special friend"
Inscribed photograph signed: "To Clint/a special friend/Gloria Jean", in blue ink, B/w 11x14. In 1939, Universal studios, searching for a possible successor to their juvenile singing star, Deanna Durbin, cast actress Gloria Jean (1926-2018) in The Under-Pup, an inexpensive comedy-drama set in an Interlochen-style musical camp. The film was a hit, and Jean was signed to a Universal contract. Although the actress made 39 films, mostly in the 1940s and 1950s, including Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941) with W.C. Fields, her career was not as carefully monitored as Durbin's; allegedly, the studio had problems dealing with Jean's mother, and surreptitiously punished her by sticking her daughter in second-rate roles. Jean also made occasional guest appearances on television, including roles on Death Valley Days (1954) and Annie Oakley (1955), before retiring from acting in 1961. Corners slightly worn. Small notch on bottom left corner. Pencil notes (unknown hand) on verso. Fine condition.
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