IRA GERSHWIN - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 5/1942 - HFSID 67292
IRA GERSHWIN Black and white with sepia hue publicity photograph of Ira Gershwin wearing a suit and tie leaning on his elbow. Photograph inscribed and signed: "Best wishes to/Ralph Botsford/Ira Gershwin/Beverly Hills, Calif./May, 1942." B/w with sepia hue, 8x10.
Sale Price $2,040.00
Black and white with sepia hue publicity photograph of Ira Gershwin wearing a suit and tie leaning on his elbow.
Photograph inscribed and signed: "Best wishes to/Ralph Botsford/Ira Gershwin/Beverly Hills, Calif./May, 1942." B/w with sepia hue, 8x10. In the year he signed this photograph, Gershwin's lyrics to "Embraceable You" were featured in the film, Juke Girl. The previous year, he had been the lyricist for "Fascinating Rhythms" and "Lady Be Good" in Lady Be Good. The first lyricist to win a Pulitzer Prize (1932, Of Thee I Sing), Ira Gershwin (1896-1983) wrote the lyrics to a number of the songs by his older brother, George, including "Liza", beginning in 1924 for the musical Lady Be Good. In 1931, the brothers wrote for their first Hollywood musical, Delicious. After George's death in 1937, Ira worked with a number of other composers, including Jerome Kern (Cover Girl, 1944) and Harold Arlen (the musical remake of A Star is Born, 1954). Nominated for Academy Awards for Best Song in 1937 (Shall We Dance?), 1944 (Cover Girl) and 1954 (A Star is Born), Ira also wrote lyrics or the music score for a number of other feature films, including An American in Paris (1951), The Country Girl (1954) and Funny Face (1957). Slightly soiled at blank margins. Worn at corners. Fine condition.
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