MILTON BERLE - INSCRIBED SIGNATURE 1934 CO-SIGNED BY: GEORGE JESSEL - HFSID 298553
MILTON BERLE and GEORGE JESSEL The actors sign opposite sides of a 5¾x4½ green album leaf. Autograph Note signed: "To "Edward"/Sincerely/Milton Berle/1934" and on verso "Sincerely/George Jessel", 5¾x4½ green album leaf.
Sale Price $126.00
MILTON BERLE and GEORGE JESSEL
The actors sign opposite sides of a 5¾x4½ green album leaf.
Autograph Note signed: "To "Edward"/Sincerely/Milton Berle/1934" and on verso "Sincerely/George Jessel", 5¾x4½ green album leaf. With the encouragement of the quintessential stage-mother, MILTON BERLE (1908-2002) played small supporting roles in silents, including the part of a newsboy in the first-ever feature-length comedy, Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914), starring Charlie Chaplin. Berle then moved into vaudeville and became a headliner, with occasional stopovers on Broadway and in Hollywood, into the WWII years. His lengthy starring role in the 1943 edition of Broadway's Ziegfeld Follies established him as a star. After only moderate success on radio and in films, Berle made a spectacular television debut as star of NBC's Texaco Star Theatre in 1948, dominating the airwaves on Tuesday nights until 1956. He became known as "Mr. Television" and was everyone's "Uncle Miltie". GEORGE JESSEL (1898-1981, born in New York City), who became known as the "Toastmaster General of the United States" for his frequent role as Master of Ceremonies at entertainment and political gatherings, appeared in vaudeville (he was a partner of Eddie Cantor at age 11) and on Broadway before having a radio show, That's My Kid. Jessel, who had done several silent films for Warner Bros., starred on Broadway in The Jazz Singer, but when the studio refused to meet his salary demands for the film, he turned down the movie role, which eventually went to Al Jolson. The Jazz Singer, of course, is the first official "talkie". By 1945, Jessel, who was well known for his Broadway and nightclub work, was producing musicals for 20th Century-Fox. One of the original founding members of the California branch of the Friars Club (1946), Jessel also traveled widely to raise funds for various causes and entertained troops overseas as part of the U.S.O. In 1969, he was awarded the Jean Hershold Humanitarian Award, a special Oscar, for his charity work. Jessel, who was married to actress Norma Talmadge from 1934-1939, wrote two volumes of memoirs, So Help Me (1943) and This Way, Miss (1955), and also wrote eulogies for many of his Hollywood contemporaries. Lightly worn at edges. Otherwise, fine condition.
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