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HELEN GAHAGAN DOUGLAS - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH CIRCA 1936 - HFSID 289374

HELEN GAHAGAN DOUGLAS Vintage photo, signed as "Helen Gahagan" in her acting days, before she entered politics, inscribed in person to collector Saul Goodman Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Saul/Helen Gahagan". B/w, 8x10. Collector's ink stamp on verso dates signature: November 3, 1936.

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Condition: fine condition
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HELEN GAHAGAN DOUGLAS
Vintage photo, signed as "Helen Gahagan" in her acting days, before she entered politics, inscribed in person to collector Saul Goodman
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Saul/Helen Gahagan". B/w, 8x10. Collector's ink stamp on verso dates signature: November 3, 1936. Helen Gahagan (1909-1981) starred in Broadway musicals of the 1920s before marrying actor Melvyn Douglas in 1931. She made only one feature film, She (1933, based on the novel by H. Rider Haggard). A Democrat, she was elected to Congress in 1944, and soon began a rather open affair with Congressional colleague Lyndon Johnson (both spouses had remained in their home states). In 1950, she ran for a US Senate seat from California against Richard Nixon. It was a very nasty campaign, with Nixon calling Douglas "the Pink Lady," "pink right down to her underwear," while she became the first to call Nixon "Tricky Dick." (Nixon won, with 59% of the vote, and became Vice President two years later.) Saul Goodman (1919-2003), a New York business man by day, pursued his love of film and theatre in the evening, making friends with many celebrities. While other autograph seekers offered album leaves, Goodman presented stars with snazzy photographs, a rarity then, to sign in fountain pen. Corners worn and creased. Lightly toned around edges. Otherwise, Fine condition.

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