MARIETTA CANTY - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED CIRCA 1941 CO-SIGNED BY: SIX HITS AND A MISS , SIX HITS AND A MISS (MACK MCLEAN), SIX HITS AND A MISS (BILL SECKLER), SIX HITS AND A MISS (MARVIN BAILEY), SIX HITS AND A MISS (HOWARD HUDSON), SIX HITS AND A MISS (VINCENT DEGEN), SIX HITS AND A MISS (PAULINE BYRNS), SIX HITS AND A MISS (JERRY PRESHAW) - HFSID 225634
MARIETTA CANTY and SIX HITS AND A MISS Autographed note from the acclaimed black actress, sending wishes of success to a fan. Signed by musical group Six Hits and a Miss on verso. Extremely rare!
Sale Price $288.00
MARIETTA CANTY and SIX HITS AND A MISS
Autographed note from the acclaimed black actress, sending wishes of success to a fan. Signed by musical group Six Hits and a Miss on verso. Extremely rare!
Signature: "Mack McLean", "Bill Seckler", "Marvin Bailey", "Howard Hudson", "Vincent Degen", "Jerry Preshaw", "Miss Pauline Byrne", on verso: "To Lee/Wishing you much success/"Marietta Canty"", 5½x4½. Unsigned book clippings affixed to front and verso. Coming from a prominent family in the Hartford, Connecticut African American community, MARIETTA CANTY (1905-1986) made her name briefly in the entertainment industry as an actress and vocalist in the 1940's and 1950's. Although she was often stereotypically cast in servant roles, she was praised for never portraying her roles as demeaning, and instead using each opportunity to help pave the way for fellow black entertainers. She appeared in 40 films between 1940 and 1955, with roles in films including A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Rebel Without a Cause (1955), and The Spoilers (1942). Before film, Canty appeared on Broadway, performing in five Broadway productions between 1929 and 1940. Eventually retiring from acting to care for her father, her childhood home is now a protected landmark in Connecticut. Musical group Six Hits and a Miss was originally formed as Three Hits and a Miss in Los Angeles, alluding to it's three male members and it's one female member (the "Miss"). Performing as a quartet for several years, the group eventually expanded to Six Hits and a Miss, containing "Hits" JERRY PRESHAW, VINCE DEGEN, MACK McLEAN, BILL SECKLER, MARVIN BAILEY, and "Miss" PAULINE BYRNS. The group performed regularly on programs like The Pepsodent Show and as vocalists in several 1940's films. They also were utilized often as a backup group, singing beside Judy Garland, Jimmy Durante, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra. After several members changes and variations (at one time being called Four Hits and a Miss), the group eventually disbanded, with many of it's past members going on to form The Starlighters a few years later. Heavily toned. Left edge irregular and torn. Light surface creases. Some ink smeared, but clearly legible. Slightly soiled. Edges and corners lightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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