LUCILLE "LUCY" BALL - INSCRIBED SIGNATURE CIRCA 1937 CO-SIGNED BY: BOB HOPE - HFSID 174109
LUCILLE BALL and BOB HOPE Lucille Ball and Bob Hope sign an album leaf. Lucille Ball signs with her rare full signature. Inscribed signature: "To Virginia/Lucille Ball" and, on verso, "Bob/Hope", 6x4¼ album leaf.
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LUCILLE BALL and BOB HOPE
Lucille Ball and Bob Hope sign an album leaf. Lucille Ball signs with her rare full signature.
Inscribed signature: "To Virginia/Lucille Ball" and, on verso, "Bob/Hope", 6x4¼ album leaf. Ink notes (unknown hand) at lower margin on each side identify when the autographs were obtained: "Lucille Ball - Phil Baker's Broadcast - Nov. 28, 1937." and "(Bob Hope - seen at NBC Studio)" [date torn off, but September]. Ball and Hope appeared in several films together, including Sorrowful Jones (1949), Fancy Pants (1950), The Facts of Life (1960) and Critic's Choice (1963), and Lucy was also a guest on The Bob Hope Anniversary Show (1981 Show business veteran LUCILLE BALL (1911-1989) appeared in the chorus of Broadway productions before breaking into films in the 1930s. By 1938, she was a star of "B" movies, having appeared in Stage Door (1937), and her later roles in films such as DuBarry Was a Lady (1943) made her a popular star. Lucy was offered her own television show, but she refused unless her husband, Cuban musician and bandleader, Desi Arnaz, would co-star. After I Love Lucy debuted on the small screen in 1951, Lucy became an American institution. Nominated for 13 Emmy Awards and the winner of four Emmys for her role as Lucy Ricardo in I Love Lucy (1953 and 1956) and Lucy Carmichael in The Lucy Show (1967 and 1968), Ball was also a television pioneer and astute businesswoman. She and her husband, Desi Arnaz, pioneered the three-camera technique that is now the standard in filming TV sitcoms and the concept of syndicating TV programs. She and Desi also formed Desilu Productions, which was highly successful in producing other TV shows, and later purchased the facilities of RKO, where both had been contract players. In later years, on advice of her lawyer, Lucille Ball only signed her full name on legal papers, signing "Lucy" as her autograph on everything else. Actor/comedian BOB HOPE (1903-2003), born Leslie Townes Hope in England, moved to the U.S. with his family when he was four. A popular vaudeville performer from the 1920s, he starred in Broadway musicals of the 1930s, including Roberta and Red, Hot and Blue. Among the most popular of his 53 films were the Road movies with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour, beginning with The Road to Singapore (1940). Hope won three honorary awards from the Academy of Motion Pictures (1940, 1944, and 1965). Seven months before Pearl Harbor, he appeared in the first of his shows for American servicemen, a tradition he would continue through a Persian Gulf tour in 1991. His success as a comedian continued unabated from radio to television with the long-running Bob Hope Show (1950-1967) and with guest appearances continuing through 1992. A well known philanthropist, friend to Presidents, and avid golfer with his own tournament (the Bob Hope Desert - later Chrysler - Classic, begun in 1960), Hope has made an enduring contribution to American culture. Binder holes at right edge. Lightly creased. 4-inch diagonal tear formerly separating upper left segment of page has been repaired with clear tape on Hope side. Tear touches "u" of "Lucille". Another 1½-inch tear in lower left. Also repaired with tape. 1¾x½-inch paper loss in lower right.
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