JAMES "JIMMY" COCO - BOOK PAGE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: WILL A. GEER, CAMERON MITCHELL, DAME MAGGIE SMITH, ART CARNEY - HFSID 279635
Brown sheet of paper signed to movie make-up artist Emile LaVigne by actors Maggie Smith, James Coco, Art Carney, Will Geer and Cameron Mitchell. LaVigne did make-up on movies featuring Mitchell and Geer.
Sale Price $616.25
JAMES COCO, CO-SIGNED BY: ART CARNEY, WILL A. GEER, CAMERON MITCHELL, MAGGIE SMITH Brown sheet of paper signed to movie make-up artist Emile LaVigne by actors Maggie Smith, James Coco, Art Carney, Will Geer and Cameron Mitchell. LaVigne did make-up on movies featuring Mitchell and Geer. Autograph note signed "Maggie Smith", "Cameron Mitchell", "James Coco" and "Dear [illegible] Will Geer [X in a circle]", all in green ink, and "Art Carney/Dec. 1978" in blue ink. 1 page, 6½x9¾. Smith's note in full: "For Emile- My Best wishes always". Micthell's signature in full: "To Emile -.. 'the Best' Love". Coco's note in full: "For Emile With Best Wishes". Carney's note in full: "To Emile- Thank you- for you and your Robin - ! Most Sincerely". This page was signed to EMILE LaVIGNE (1913-1990), who (1913-1990) was a movie make-up artist for almost 100 movies and TV shows between 1939 and 1980, including The Wizard of Oz (1939), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), The Magnificent Seven (1960), The Great Escape (1963), The Satan Bug (1965), The President's Analyst (1967) and With Six You Get Eggroll (1968). In addition, LaVigne was make-up artist on one of Mitchell's films, The Klansman (1974), and four of Geer's films, Comanche Territory (1950), Double Crossbones (1951), The President's Analyst (1967) and The Reivers (1969). JAMES COCO (1929-1987, born in New York City) earned an Obie for his stage performance in The Moon In Yellow River (1959), and starred in several plays each by Neil Simon and Terence McNally. His starred in two short-lived TV series of the 1970s, but was a popular guest, winning an Emmy for one such appearance on St. Elsewhere (1983). His films included Man Of La Mancha (as Sancho Panza, 1972), Murder By Death (1976) and his final role in That's Adequate (1990). He was Oscar-nominated as Best Supporting Actor for Only When I Laugh (1981). Distinguished actor ART CARNEY (1918-2003, born Arthur William Matthew Carney in Mount Vernon, New York) began as a comedian and gradually became a sidekick for others. While serving in WWII, Carney was hit by shrapnel (leaving him with a slight limp) during the Normandy landing. After the war, he found much work on Broadway, both as a dramatic and comic actor. Carney is best known for his role as Ed Norton, Jackie Gleason's pal in the classic 1950s TV sitcom The Honeymooners. Later, personal problems caused him to leave the Broadway run of The Odd Couple. Carney soon returned to work as an actor, going on the win the Best Actor Academy Award for his performance as a 72-year-old in Harry and Tonto (1974). He also won several Emmy Awards for his work on TV. WILL GEER (1902-1978, born William Auge Ghere in Frankfort, Indiana) was an American actor. Gere got his start with Eva Le Gallienne's National Repertory company and often performed in work camps during the Great Depression. He became a frequent face on Broadway, with a total of 31 appearances between 1928 and 1971. Geer got his start in films with Misleading (1932) and, by the end of his career in 1978, collected over 100 movie and TV credits. He performed in a number of Westerns and was frequently cast as a villain during the 1960s. However, he's best known as Grandpa Zebulon Walton from The Waltons (1972-1978). CAMERON MITCHELL (1918-1994, born Cameron McDowell Mitzell in Dallastown, Pennsylvania) made his Broadway debut in 1934. He was a bombardier during World War II. Perhaps his biggest success was as Happy in the stage and screen versions of Death of a Salesman (1949, 1951). Prominent film roles of the 1950s included Carousel and Monkey on My Back. He was featured in three TV series, including High Chapparal (1969-1971). Mitchell was the voice of Jesus in the crucifixion scene in The Robe (1953). MAGGIE SMITH, born Margaret Natalie Smith in Ilford, Essex, Great Britain in 1934, received her earliest acting training at the Oxford Playhouse School. She has won Oscars for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) and California Suite (1978), and British Film Academy awards for A Private Function (1985), A Room With a View (1986), and The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987). She also took more serious roles in Richard III (1995), Washington Square (1997), and Tea With Mussolini (1999). On a lighter note, her role in director Robert Altman's Gosford Park earned Smith her sixth Oscar nomination. Made a Dame Commander in 1989, Smith was elected to the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1994. Lightly creased. Lightly rounded left corners. Lightly discolored top, left and bottom edges. Neatly cut from notebook or page at right edge. Otherwise in fine condition. Previously authenticated by JSA.
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