JOAN CRAWFORD - MENU COVER SIGNED CIRCA 1932 CO-SIGNED BY: DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS JR. - HFSID 79899
JOAN CRAWFORD and DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS, JR. Menu cover from a 1932 Savoy Hotel luncheon honoring Academy Award-winning actress Joan Crawford, signed by her and then-husband Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. in pencil Menu signed: "Joan Crawford" and "Douglas Fairbanks Jr.", both in pencil.
Sale Price $360.00
JOAN CRAWFORD and DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS, JR.
Menu cover from a 1932 Savoy Hotel luncheon honoring Academy Award-winning actress Joan Crawford, signed by her and then-husband Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. in pencil
Menu signed: "Joan Crawford" and "Douglas Fairbanks Jr.", both in pencil. Color, 2 pages, 4x6½, 1 sheet, front and verso, printed on cardstock. Front cover and wine list of a menu from the Savoy Hotel, July 15, 1932. Titled: "Luncheon to meet Miss Joan Crawford". Crawford and Fairbanks were married for four years (1929-1933) and remained lifelong friends. Crawford (1904-1977, born Lucille Fay LeSueur in San Antonio, Texas) shot to stardom on the strength of 1928's Our Dancing Daughters, starring as Diana "Di" Medford, a role originally intended for Clara Bow. The film was hugely successful, and MGM soon doubled her salary and began featuring her name on marquees. Unlike so many stars of the period, Crawford successfully made the transformation from the silents to the sound era, although she preferred the silents. Crawford, originally a professional dancer, had made her film debut in 1925. She won a Best Actress Academy Award for Mildred Pierce (1945) and was nominated for Best Actress Oscars for Possessed (1947) and Sudden Fear (1952). A tell-all memoir, Mommie Dearest (1978, later made into a feature film), by her daughter Christina, portrayed Crawford as unfeeling and ruthlessly ambitious. However, Crawford was a faithful correspondent with her large fan base. Fairbanks (1909-2000, born Douglas Elton Ullman Fairbanks Jr. in New York City) had been raised by his mother after his parents' divorce. At the age of 13, he starred in Lasky's Stephen Steps Out, an unsuccessful attempt to exploit the Fairbanks name. Douglas Fairbanks Sr. took little interest in his son's career. The two did not become close friends until the early 1930s. In 1939, Douglas Fairbanks Sr. died in his sleep from a heart attack at the age of 56; his son was then 30 years old. Fairbanks often replicated his father's swashbuckling in such films as The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) and Sinbad the Sailor (1947). But he was an accomplished actor who proved himself on stage and film, including a starring role in the now-classic Gunga Din (1939). Fairbanks also appeared in a number of made-for-TV movies and hosted the anthology series, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Presents (1952-1955). Lightly toned and bowed. Cover was neatly torn from menu at left edge. Lightly chipped at top, right and bottom edges. Rounded and worn corners. Otherwise in fine condition.
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