MILDRED HELEN SHAY - INSCRIBED SIGNATURE - HFSID 142658
Sale Price $102.00
MILDRED HELEN SHAY
The stage and screen actress called the "Pocket Venus" by gossip columnists signs this inscription to a fan
Inscribed signature: "To John/Mildred Shay" in blue ink. 5¾x4½. Mildred Helen Shay (1911-2005) was an American film actress of the 1930s who was better known for her affairs, marriages and glamorous social life. She was dubbed the "pocket Venus" because of her small stature and good looks. After moving with her family to Hollywood at a young age, Shay became friends with stars such as Laurence Olivier, Harpo Marx, Gary Cooper and Ginger Rogers. When Shay decided she wanted to be an actress, her father contacted the heads of Fox and Paramount movies studio for their help and she was quickly given her first screen test with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and then studied acting with Clark Gable's wife, Josephine Dillon. Her first screen roles were small uncredited parts in such films as The Age of Consent (1932), and Roman Scandals (1933) with Eddie Cantor. Shay also dubbed the voice of Greta Garbo in Grand Hotel. After a short break from movies to act on Broadway, she returned to Hollywood in 1939 to play Joan Crawford's scene-stealing French maid in The Women. In later years she had appearances in Candleshoe (1977), Superman III (1983), Death Wish 3 (1985) and Little Shop of Horrors (1986). Lightly toned. Ink smudges on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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