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HELENA BLISS - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: JOHN TYERS - HFSID 315462

A rare vintage 3½x5¾ candid photo of the stage couple, pictured holding each other affectionately Inscribed photograph signed: "To Violet - Warmest wishes/John Tyler", "To Violet/best wishes/Helena Bliss", in blue ink, B/w 3½x5¾. Helena Bliss (b.

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HELENA BLISS and JOHN TYERS
A rare vintage 3½x5¾ candid photo of the stage couple, pictured holding each other affectionately
Inscribed photograph signed: "To Violet - Warmest wishes/John Tyler", "To Violet/best wishes/Helena Bliss", in blue ink, B/w 3½x5¾. Helena Bliss (b. 1919) was a stage and film actress, prominent in the 1940's for her work in operas and musicals. Her stage debut was in the 1939 production of Very Warm for May, appearing in the role of Helen. The role would help get her foot in the door, allowing her to make appearances in other opera and musical roles, and allowing her to perform for troops in USO shows. She would meet her future husband John Tyers in the play Gypsy Lady (1946), marrying him the next year. In the last years of her career, Bliss continued to perform in opera and musicals, with her last major role being in 1959's Pal Joey. John Tyers (1914-2007) was a stage actor and singer, appearing in several Broadway productions including The Two Bouquets (1938), Winged Victory (1943), and All In One (1955). During the production of Gypsy Lady, Tyers met his wife Helena Bliss, and they were married until his death in 2007. This photograph is from the collection of Francis and Violet Zane, Hawaii natives who moved to California in the 1920's. Francis Zane had a job at the historic Curran Theater and the San Francisco Opera House, which is where he began his massive collection, with photographs and materials ranging from the 1920's to 1960's. The location and luck of his occupation would land him smack dab in the middle of the celebrity world, allowing him to capture some of the most unique and interesting pieces of Hollywood History. Lightly bowed. Ink slightly smeared. Corners lightly worn and creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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