MAUREEN O'SULLIVAN - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 1932 CO-SIGNED BY: LUPE "THE MEXICAN SPITFIRE" VELEZ, NORMAN FOSTER, DEWITT C. JENNINGS, CRAUFORD KENT, HELEN KANE, JAMES DUNN - HFSID 21962
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MAUREEN O'SULLIVAN: CO-SIGNED BY LUPE VELEZ, NORMAN FOSTER, DEWITT C. JENNINGS, CRAUFORD KENT, HELEN KANE and JAMES H. DUNN
Seven Hollywood stars sign this 8¼x11¼ page, an extremely rare collection of signatures!
Autograph Note signed: "Best Wishes Jack/Maureen O'Sullivan", "Hello Jack/Dewitt Jennings/1932", "Good Luck Jack/Yours sincerely/Crawford Kent", "To - Jack/Sincerely/James Dunn" and on verso "To Jack/with best wishes/Norman Foster", "To Jack/good luck to you/sincerely/Lupe Velez" and "For Jack/Helen Kane/Boop Boop a Doop", 1 page (front and verso), 8¼x11¼. With B/w newspaper photographs of Foster, Kane, Velez and Dunn affixed (5 surfaces). Irish actress MAUREEN O'SULLIVAN (1911-1998)starred in such films as A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1931), The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934), David Copperfield (1935), A Day at the Races (1937) and Pride and Prejudice (1941). She played Jane to Johnny Weissmuller's Tarzan in six films (1932-1942), creating quite a sensation with her scanty apparel and nude swimming scene in Tarzan and His Mate (1934). Married to director John Farrow until his death in 1963, she is the mother of actresses Mia and Tisa Farrow. American actor DEWITT C. JENNINGS (1871-1937) was born in Cameron, Missouri. A strong silent screen actor early in his career, he is best remembered for his later films The Valiant (1929), The Big House (1930), Min and Bill (1930), and Mutiny on the Bounty (1935). English-born actor CRAUFORD KENT (1881-1953) appeared in over 100 films between 1915 and 1952. He had some major, even starring roles in the silent era, including Sorrows of Happiness (as David Garrick, 1916) and Silas Marner (in the title role, 1922). With the arriving of talking films, he played mostly small and often un-credited roles in many well-known movies, including The Invisible Man, Naughty Marietta, Little Miss Marker, A Yank in the R.A.F. and Four Jills in a Jeep. He appeared in several Errol Flynn vehicles, including The Charge of the Light Brigade, The Adventures of Robin Hood and The Sea Hawk. JAMES DUNN (1901-1967) appeared with Shirley Temple in her first three movies in 1934: Baby Take a Bow, Stand Up and Cheer and Bright Eyes. He won the 1946 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn). NORMAN FOSTER (1900-1976) began as an actor on Broadway (June Moon, 1929) and film State Fair (1933). Afterward he turned his talents to directing, including many Charlie Chan and Mr. Moto films of the 1930s, some stylish noir films of the 1940s (including Journey Into Fear, 1943) and Davy Crockett episodes for Disneyland in the 1950s. He was married to actresses Claudette Colbert (1928-1935) and Sally Blane (from 1937). Mexican-born actress LUPE VELEZ (1908-1944), born María Guadalupe Vélez de Villalobos, is best known for her role as Carmelita Lindsay in the RKO Mexican Spitfire series, which included such films as Mexican Spitfire (1940), Mexican Spitfire Out West (1940), Mexican Spitfire's Baby (1941), Mexican Spitfire at Sea (1942) and Mexican Spitfire's Blessed Event (1943). Velez, who had begun her career as a stage actress in Mexico, was first seen by American audiences in 1927, the year that she played opposite Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford in The Gaucho. Her other film credits included Hot Pepper (1933), Palooka (1934), Laughing Boy (1934), Strictly Dynamite (1934) and Nana (1944). Velez, who was married to Johnny Weissmuller of Tarzan fame from 1933 until their divorce 1939, also had stormy affairs with other actors, including Gary Cooper and Austrian actor Harald Maresch (Velez was pregnant with his child at the time she took her own life). HELEN KANE (1903-1966, born Helen Schroeder in the Bronx) began her career in vaudeville with the Marx Brothers and, in 1928, created a sensation with her squeaky, childlike "boop-boop-a-doop" rendition of the song I Wanna Be Loved by You in the musical Good Boy. She was played by Debbie Reynolds in the 1950 film biography of songwriters Kalmar and Ruby, Three Little Words. Cartoon fans may know Kane best as the inspiration for Betty Boop, right down to her signature "boop-boop-a-doop". Worn. ½-inch tear at bottom right. Filing holes at left edge. Slightly soiled. Laminated. Otherwise, fine condition.
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