HELEN KELLER - AUTOGRAPH 9/1918 CO-SIGNED BY: RICHARD BARTHELMESS, POLLY THOMSON, ANNE SULLIVAN MACY, PAULINE BUSH DWAN, CONSTANCE TALMADGE, SALLIE FISHER, JOHN MILTERN - HFSID 43964
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HELEN KELLER, ANNE SULLIVAN, POLLY THOMSON, RICHARD BARTHELMESS, CONSTANCE TALMADGE, JOHN MILTERN, SALLIE FISHER, PAULINE BUSH DWAN, and OTHERSThe iconic female author, her teacher, and various actors of the day signed this card to a newborn baby at the Beverly Hills Hotel Signatures: "Pauline Bush Dwan/ September 4th 1918", "Helen Keller/Oh dear wee Beverly. - I give you my love; It is the song in my heart; It is the music of my soul.", "Anne S Macy/7th Sept. 1918.", "Polly Thomson/7th Sept. 1918." and "Sallie Fisher/August 10th/Little new soul - At least you chose a good Birthday -" and, on verso, "Henrietta Lombard/Sept. 11th '18/Little Beverly The pet and joy of Beverly Hills Hotel", "Roy Aitken/Sept 11th -18/I wish she could say Hello Roy -", "Dick Barthelmess/Sept. 11th -18/I'm going to give them away until I get me a girl.", "Ann M. Sarker/'Thy own wish, wish I thee' - 'Babee'", "Constance Talmadge/Sept 19th - 18/Just an 'Angel Tongue Pot Pie' that's all" and "May I have the first dance?/Sept 26-18/John Miltern", 2p, 6¼x9¼, front and verso (hinged to show verso). Sheet with ornate border, headed: "Childhood Friends". Inspirational author and lecturer HELEN KELLER (1880-1968), along with her assistant, POLLY THOMSON (1885-1960), and her teacher, ANNE SULLIVAN MACY (1866-1936), signed this special card on September 7, 1918 for "wee Beverly", a new baby at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Not the glamorous location of today, Beverly Hills was uncultivated, rugged terrain, and the hotel was an inexpensive place for the ladies to stay while filming Helen's life story, Deliverance. The filming, which had Helen and "Teacher" there as consultants and Helen portraying herself, took place from June-December 1918. Because of inappropriate, extremely fictionalized scenes, Helen did not want to authorize the film's release. More problems occurred because of an actor's strike, and Helen did not attend the premiere, which took place early that August, because she did not want to cross the Actors Equity picket lines. Despite rave reviews from the critics, the film did not appeal to the masses and was not a box-office success. Hope for monetary gain from the film left the ladies disappointed, and their living expenses had to be met through other means, such as lectures and books, although they did venture into films again for 1934's The Unconquered. Keller's life story later became the basis for William Gibson's Tony Award-winning Broadway play (1959-1961) and the Academy Award-winning feature film (1962), The Miracle Worker. Co-signing this greeting to little Beverly was stage and screen actor RICHARD BARTHELMESS (1895-1963), who would be nominated for the first Academy Award for his performances in The Patent Leather Kid (1927) and The Noose (1928). Actress and comedienne, CONSTANCE TALMADGE (1900-1973), who was just 18 at the time she signed this card, starred in The Studio Girl in 1918. PAULINE BUSH DWAN was the wife of Canadian-born movie director and film pioneer, Allan Dwan (1885-1981). SALLIE FISHER (circa 1881-1950), an actress, and JOHN MILTERN (1870-1937), a stage and screen actor, also signed this card. Miltern appeared in three films, Innocent, Let's Get a Divorce, and Her Final Reckoning, in 1918. Slightly soiled at blank areas. Fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 35¾22½.
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