MARGUERITE NAMARA - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 142295
MARGUERITE NAMARA The opera singer and actress signs this photograph showing her in a floral head piece with the word "Carmen" and an inscription to a fan. Extremely rare! Inscribed photograph signed: "'Carmen'/For/Donald/Greetings/Namara" in blue ink. 8x10.
Sale Price $238.00
The opera singer and actress signs this photograph showing her in a floral head piece with the word "Carmen" and an inscription to a fan. Extremely rare!
Inscribed photograph signed: "'Carmen'/For/Donald/Greetings/Namara" in blue ink. 8x10. Marguerite Namara (1888-1974) was a classically trained American lyric soprano whose career included serious opera, Broadway musicals, film and theater roles, and vocal recitals. She was friends and acquaintances with many of the leading artistic figures of the first half of the twentieth century, including Rudolph Valentino, Charlie Chaplin, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Picasso, and many others. Namara debuted in 1908 as Marguerite in Gounod's "Faust" at the Teatro Politeamo in Genoa. She fashioned her stage name of "Namara" from her mother's maiden name, McNamara. She sang lead roles in "Cavalleria Rusticana", "Manon", "Carmen", "Il trovatore", "Tosca", "La traviata" and "La bohème". During her years in Paris in the 1920s, she also studied painting with Claude Monet. In 1932, Namara starred in the first musical film version of Carmen, a British Film Company picture given the name of Gipsy Blood. Toned. Corners rounded and creased. Light creases throughout. Surface abrasions near upper right corner. Signature lifted in areas but still legible. Ink marks on verso.
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