INGRID BERGMAN - AUTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: BELITA, JACK CARSON, HARRY BABBITT, SHIRLEY TEMPLE - HFSID 145574
Sale Price $405.00
INGRID BERGMAN, SHIRLEY TEMPLE, JACK CARSON, HARRY BABBITT and BELITA
Five stars sign promotional literature for the Hollywood Canteen.
Signatures: "Ingrid Bergman" in pencil on section headed "Write a Letter Home", "Shirley Temple", "Belita" and "Jack Carson" on section headed "Hollywood Canteen/Autographs" and "Harry Babbitt" in section above Bergman's signature, 2p, 11x8½, front and verso, folded into fourths. Full page on verso is headed: "Facts about the Hollywood Canteen". Begins: "One hundred thousand servicemen per month have been entertained at the Hollywood Canteen since it first opened on October 3, 1942. The Hollywood Canteen was sponsored and organized by the forty-two unions and guilds which make up the entertainment industry. People from all branches of screen, radio and stage contribute their talents toward the recreation and refreshment of soldiers, sailors and marines of the United Nations off duty in and around Los Angeles...." Front has four sections, including a mailer that is captioned: "Facts about the Hollywood Canteen!". Swedish-born actress INGRID BERGMAN (1915-1982) was nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning three:Best Actress in 1944 (Gaslight) and 1956 (Anastasia) and Best Supporting Actress in 1974 (Murder on the Orient Express). In 1950, she accepted Roberto Rossellini's offer of the lead role in Stromboli. During the production, the actress and director fell in love and she became pregnant with his child while she was still married to her first husband, Swedish doctor Peter Lindstrom. Although she married Rossellini shortly after divorcing Lindstrom, the damage had been done. Stromboli was banned in many markets and boycotted in others and the actress found herself and her work shunned by audiences. It was not until 1956, when she made Anastasia, that Bergman made a successful comeback. Among her other notable films are Intermezzo (1936), Casablanca (1942), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943; Best Actress Oscar nomination), The Bells of St. Mary's (1945; Best Actress Oscar nomination), Spellbound (1945), Joan of Arc (1948; Best Actress Oscar nomination), The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958), The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1965) and Autumn Sonata (1978; Best Actress Oscar nomination). The most popular child actress in history, SHIRLEY TEMPLE (1928-2014) had a succession of hit films in the late 1930s, including Stand Up and Cheer, Bright Eyes, Curly Top, Dimples and Heidi as well as The Littlest Rebel. The child actress, known for her cute curls and adorable dimples, earned a special Academy Award in 1934 "in grateful recognition to her outstanding contribution to screen entertainment". Moderately successful as a teenage star in Miss Annie Rooney (1942) and Since You Went Away (1944), Temple saw her acting career decline thereafter, probably because the public preferred to remember her as an adorable child. She later hosted two TV series, The Shirley Temple Storybook and Shirley Temple Show (1958-1960). After running unsuccessfully for Congress, Shirley Temple Black (she was married to her second husband, businessman Charles Black from 1950 until his death in 2005), enjoyed a second successful career as a diplomat in the 1970s, serving as a U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., to Ghana and to Czechoslovakia, as well as Chief of Protocol at the State Department. Temple, who was a Kennedy Center Honoree in 1998, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 2006. Canadian-born actor and comedian JACK CARSON (1910-1963) got his first movie contract with RKO, where he spent an uncomfortable few years essaying bits in "A" pictures and supporting parts in "B" films. His fortunes improved when he moved to Warner Bros. in 1941, and Carson proved himself to be an able dramatic actor in films such as The Hard Way (1943) and Mildred Pierce (1945). Continuing to alternate comic and dramatic (sometimes villainous) roles throughout the 1950s, Carson starred in his own Jack Benny-style radio series, appeared successfully as a stand-up comedian in Las Vegas and was one of four rotating hosts on the 1950 TV variety series, All-Star Revue. Singer and actor HARRY BABBITT (1913-2004) is best known for lending his rich baritone and high-pitched falsetto vocals to a number of hits, including "Three Little Fishes", "On a Slow Boat to China", "Jingle, Jangle, Jingle", "White Cliffs of Dover" and "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth", as well as providing the voice of Woody Woodpecker on Kay Kyser's version of the song. Babbitt, who joined Kyser's band in 1938, remained with the group (except during a brief stint in the U.S. Navy, 1944-1946) until 1949. During that time, he was a regular on Kyser's radio program and appeared in seven films with the bandleader. British dancer and figure skater BELITA (1923-2005), born Maria Belita Jepson-Turner, originally trained as a ballerina before becoming a figure skater. In 1936, Belita skated for the United Kingdom in the Olympics at the age of 12, and she turned professional two years later. Belita made her film debut in 1941's Ice Capades, and she would go on to showcase her many talents (which also included swimming - she is credited as the first to do an underwater ballet, fencing and playing the violin as well as skating and dancing) in several feature films, including The Ice Maiden (her nickname), Silver Skates (1945) and Silk Stockings (1957). Lightly creased with folds, creased at signatures. Lightly soiled, touching the signatures of Temple, Belita and Carson (all completely legible. Stray ink stain at lower margin of mailer panel, which has ½x3½-inch paper loss at right portion (several lines of type are affected on verso). ½-inch separation at lower margin at mid-vertical fold, pinhead-size hole at crossfolds. Otherwise, fine condition.
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