HILDEGARDE - HAND/FOOT PRINT OR SKETCH SIGNED - HFSID 276106
Sale Price $378.00
The famed entertainer signed this handprint of her right hand
Handprint signed: "My right hand -/Hildegarde". Pen and ink, 8½x11. 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! Lightly creased with folds, horizontal folds at handprint. ¼-inch tears at blank left and right margins at lower horizontal fold, three ¼-inch tears at upper edge, chipped at upper left corner and upper right edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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