LENA HORNE - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: MELVILLE COOPER - HFSID 168480
Sale Price $162.00
LENA HORNE and MELVILLE COOPER
Album leaf signed by Tony and Grammy-winning singer Lena Horne and by character actor Melville Cooper. With b/w printed photographs of both affixed.
Autograph sentiment signed "Always/Lena Horne". 5¼x4¼ album leaf with rounded left corners. Newspaper photo (b/w, 1¼x2½) affixed above signature. Also signedon verso: "Melville Cooper". Magazine photo (b/w, 1¾x2¼) affixed in lower right corner. Sultry American jazz singer and actress 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. British-born stage and screen actor COOPER (1896-1973) played second leads in several films of the late 1930s and early 1940s, and character roles thereafter. A peak year for Cooper was 1938, when he appeared with Errol Flynn and Basil Rathbone in two hit films: Dawn Patrol and The Adventures of Robin Hood (as the Sheriff of Nottingham). He appeared frequently in TV plays of the 1950s. Cooper also appeared in almost 20 Broadway productions between 1935 and 1970. Lightly creased and soiled. One-half inch tear at left edge repaired with clear tape. Otherwise, fine condition.
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