LENA HORNE - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 1966 CO-SIGNED BY: JOSEPH P. WRIGHT - HFSID 25441
LENA HORNE and JOSEPH P. WRIGHT Album leaf signed by Tony and Grammy-winning singer Lena Horne in 1966. Also signed by Zenith Radio Chairman and President Joseph Wright. From the collection of radio interviewer George Sanders.
Sale Price $252.00
LENA HORNE and JOSEPH P. WRIGHT
Album leaf signed by Tony and Grammy-winning singer Lena Horne in 1966. Also signed by Zenith Radio Chairman and President Joseph Wright. From the collection of radio interviewer George Sanders.
Autograph note signed "To George/From Amys [sic]/Grandma/Lena Horne/1966", 7x9¼ album leaf. Captioned newspaper photo of Horne (b/w, 2x2½) affixed in lower left corner. Ink numbered page (unknown hand) in lower right corner. Also signed on verso: "Joseph P Wright, President/Zenith Radio Corp., Chicago". Candid photo (b/w, 4½x3½) of Wright with TV/radio commentator George Sander, affixed below signature. Sultry American jazz singer and actress LENA HORNE (1917-2010) began performing at age six and left school at 16 to support her sick mother. She began singing at Harlem's Cotton Club in 1933, where Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington took her under their wings. She later performed with Noble Sissle's Orchestra and Teddy Wilson's big band. Horne won critical acclaim for her performance in Stormy Weather (1943) and for singing the movie's title song. Although she was the first black American woman to sign a long-term movie contract with a major studio (MGM), her films were shot so that her scenes could be cut out before being shown in the South. Horne placed a single, Love Me or Leave Me, in the Billboard Top 20 in 1955 and won two Grammy Awards (1981 for her album Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music and 1995 for her album An Evening with Lena Horne) and was nominated for a Tony in 1958 for her performance in Jamaica (1957-1959). Horne also won a special Tony in 1981 for her one-woman show Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music. Horne's granddaughter AMY LUMET, born in 1964), is a sound editor as well as the daughter of film director Sidney Lumet and the sister of actress Jenny Lumet. Amy's appearance at the 2005 Academy Awards ceremony, where her father was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award, drew considerable attention. JOSEPH P. WRIGHT joined the Zenith Radio Corporation as a lawyer in 1953. He became President of the company in 1958, retiring as Chairman in 1984, the year the company changed its name to Zenith Electronics. Slightly rippled. Signatures on each side show through faintly. Otherwise, fine condition.
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