JOHN "DUKE" WAYNE - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 10/23/1976 CO-SIGNED BY: SCOTT CARPENTER, DAN GURNEY, JUNE HAVER, FRED MacMURRAY, MONA FREEMAN, RICARDO MONTALBAN - HFSID 293905
Sale Price $2,125.00
JOHN WAYNE CO-SIGNED BY: M. SCOTT CARPENTER, DAN GURNEY, JUNE HAVER,
FRED MacMURRAY, MONA FREEMAN and RICARDO MONTALBAN
The Academy Award winning actor and a group of his friends sign a note to a fan. Wayne writes "Dear atheist Hope you don't go to Hell" in response to the fan telling Wayne that he was not religious. Beautifully matted and framed with a black and white publicity photograph of Wayne to 23x16½ overall.
Autograph Note signed: "with love always/Dan Gurney", "We Love/you, Moms-/June Haver", "Mona Freeman", "Fred MacMurray", "Scott Carpenter", "Ricardo Montalban" and "Dear atheist/Hope you don't/go to Hell/JW" (John Wayne), on verso of a 4¼x6½ receipt. With "Beverly Wilshire Hotel/Beverly Hills CA/10-23-76" written in unknown hand at top right. Accompanied by a 10x8 black and white publicity photograph showing Wayne in a screen shot from the 1962 film The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Both pieces are matted and framed to 23x16½ overall. Wayne's note was written in response to a short conversation with the pieces original recipient in which he told Wayne that he was not religious. JOHN WAYNE (1907-1979, born Marion Michael Morrison), appeared in more films (over 250) than any other star.Best known for his roles in Westerns and war movies, Wayne's long list of Westerns includes Stagecoach (1939), Fort Apache (1948), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), Rio Grande (1950), Hondo (1953), Rio Bravo (1959, which Wayne and director Howard Hawks remade as El Dorado in 1967 and Rio Lobo in 1970, and The Shootist (1976, his last film). Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1949 for The Sands of Iwo Jima, Wayne was awarded the 1969 Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn in True Grit. DAN GURNEY was born on April 13, 1931 in Long Island. His long career began as a successful race car driver. He raced for fifteen years on some of the sport's best teams including Ferrari, BRM and Porsche. He was the first driver to claim a victory in all four of the sport's major categories, NASCAR, Grand Prix, Indy Car, and Sports Cars. Later in his career he worked as a Racecar Manufacturer, a Racecar Inventor and as the CEO of his own company All American Racers. JUNE HAVER (1926-2005), formerly a band singer starred in such films as Irish Eyes Are Smiling (1944), Three Little Girls in Blue (1946) and The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady (1950). After a divorce and the death of a fiancé, Haver announced her intention to become a nun, but she soon emerged from the convent and married actor Fred MacMurray in 1954. Thereafter she retired from performing. MONA FREEMAN, born Monica Freeman in Baltimore, Maryland in 1926,began appearing in films in 1944 as one of movie's most popular teenage stars. As an adult actress she had less success, appearing mostly in "B" movies. She went on to act in over 80 television shows. Actor FRED MacMURRAY (1908-1991) was equally adept in comedies, dramas and musicals. Among his memorable films were True Confession (1937), Double Indemnity (1944) and The Caine Mutiny (1954). His Disney films included The Shaggy Dog (1959), The Absent-Minded Professor (1961) and Son of Flubber (1963). MacMurray was best known to TV audiences as widower Steven Douglas, raising My Three Sons from 1960-1972. MALCOLM SCOTT CARPENTER (b. 1925) flew reconnaissance missions in the Korean War before qualifying as a navy test pilot. He was selected as one of the original 7 NASA astronauts for the Mercury program in 1959. He was the second American to orbit the Earth (May 24, 1962), after John Glenn. Carpenter then went from astronaut to aquanaut, spending 28 days on the ocean floor in SEALAB II. Carpenter and Glenn are the last surviving members of the first US astronaut team, the Mercury Seven. RICARDO MONTALBAN (1920-2009, born Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalban y Merino in Mexico City) is perhaps best known for his role as the suave, mysterious Mr. Roarke on TV's Fantasy Island (1978-1984). Montalban, who played romantic leads in feature films in the 1940s and 1950s, starred in his first "Latin lover" role opposite Cyd Charisse in Fiesta (1947). His other film credits include On An Island With You (1948), Sayonara (1959), The Singing Nun (1966), Sweet Charity (1969), two Planet of the Apes films (1971, 1972), The Train Robbers (1973), Won Ton Ton, The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (reprising his role on the TV series) and two Spy Kids films (2002, 2003). Montalban also appeared in a number of made-for-television movies as well as on Bonanza and Mission: Impossible in addition to Star Trek. In 1976, he won an Emmy for his portrayal of a Sioux chief in How The West Was Won. Lightly creased. Slightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition. Not Framed in Gallery of History Style.
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