MARY (MRS. JACK BENNY) LIVINGSTONE - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 166528
Sale Price $81.00
Signature of Mrs. Jack Benny.
Signature: "Mary Livingstone", 5¾x3. Mary Livingstone (1905-1983), born Sayde Marks - a cousin of the Marx Brothers - married Jack Benny in 1927. Called on to appear on his radio show when the slated performer was ill, she proved so adept at puncturing Benny's feigned pomposity with wry wit that she developed a fan base of her own, remained on the show, and formally adopted her stage name of Mary Livingston (commonly spelled Livingstone, as it is on her Hollywood Hall of Fame star). Jack and Mary were not portrayed on his show as a married couple. Curiously, despite her success as a performer, Livingstone, who appeared on the TV version of The Jack Benny Show from 1950-1959, suffered from recurrent stage fright, and she retired at the height of her husband's popularity. Livingstone died at her home of cardiovascular disease on the day she had been visited by First Lady Nancy Reagan. Slightly creased. Pencil notes (unknown hand) at lower margin. Slightly shaded on verso (no show through). Fine condition.
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