HELEN MORGAN - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 292083
Sale Price $701.25
Shown in kimono, the ill-fated actress extends a Happy New Year wish. From the famed collection of Warner Bros. executive "Doc" Salomon
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Franklin/Happy New Year/Sincerely/Helen Morgan". B/w, 8x10. HELEN MORGAN (1900-1941) was one of the first, and certainly one of the most accomplished torch singers in the history of popular music. Morgan began singing in small Chicago clubs, where her sad songs brought gangsters to the verge of tears. She graduated to revue, appearing in New York in George White's Scandals (1925), and Americana (1926) in which she was noticed by Florenz Ziegfeld, who signed her to play the role of Julie La Verne in the original production of Jerome Kern's Show Boat (1927). She later appeared on Broadway in Ziegfeld Follies (1931) and the 1932 revival of Show Boat, and was in the 1929 and 1936 screen versions of Show Boat. Morgan set the pattern for other self-destructive chanteuses (Piaf, Holiday, Garland), dying of liver cirrhosis at age 41. Although not inscribed to A. M. "Doc" Salomon, this photo was part of his collection. Salomon, a friend of studio mogul Jack Warner who rose to head the London branch of Warner Bros. studios, compiled an extensive collection of celebrity autographs during his nearly 30 years with the studio. A V-1 rocket demolished his London studio in July 1944 and killed Salomon, but his photo collection miraculously survived. Paper tape at edges on verso. Ink stamp and unknown stains on verso. Minor surface creases not seen head on. Signature beaded but legible. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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