MARY ASTOR - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH CIRCA 1940 - HFSID 289077
Sale Price $595.00
Studio photo in sleeveless gown, inscribed in person to collector Saul Goodman
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Saul/Mary Astor". B/w, 8x10. Captioned in loer margin. Collector's ink stamp on verso dates signature: September 11, 1940. Mary Astor (1906-1987) had a successful silent screen career, costarring with John Barrymore in Beau Brummell (1923) and Don Juan (1926). Her career was threatened by tabloid scandals in the 1930s, including a very contentious divorce, but she moved on to even greater film success in the talking era. She won the 1941 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for portraying chain-smoking concert pianist Sandra Kovak in Warner Bros.' The Great Lie, which starred Bette Davis. That same year, she costarred with Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon. She wrote five novels; her autobiography and subsequent film memoir were both best sellers. Saul Goodman (1919-2003), a New York business man by day, pursued his love of film and theatre in the evening, making friends with many celebrities. While other autograph seekers offered album leaves, Goodman presented stars with snazzy photographs, a rarity then, to sign in fountain pen. Scattered vertical creases, mainly to lower portion of image, two lightly touching signature. A few other light creases, else fine condition.
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