HILDEGARDE - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 320572
Sale Price $324.00
HILDEGARDEThis black and white 5x6¾ photograph of the pianist and vaudeville star is signed in the bottom right corner Inscribed photograph signed: "To E. Hooley:/with good wishes/Hildegarde", in purple ink, B/w 5x6¾. Hildegarde Loretta Sell (1906-2005) was popularly known by her first name only or simply as "The Incomparable Hildegarde". A classically trained pianist who played in vaudeville from 1926, she emerged as a popular singer in the 1930s and 1940s with hits that included "Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup" (written by her manager Anna Sosenko), "The Last Time I Saw Paris" and "I'll Be Seeing You". She also had a popular radio program, Hildegarde's Raleigh Room. The international stardom that Hildegarde achieved as a live cabaret singer is unparalleled. She was renowned around the world and, having never married, had many admirers. Some of her many showmanship innovations include wearing sleeves at every performance and going by only her first name. These unique calling cards, as well as her incredible voice and flirtatious manner, broke new ground on the evening club circuit. In 1961, she published her autobiography: Over 50…So What! Hildegarde was a third order Carmelite nun. Corners worn and heavily creased. Pencil notes (unknown hand) on verso. Slightly soiled. Light surface creases (not seen head on). Otherwise, fine condition.
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