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OTIS SKINNER - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED 1896 CO-SIGNED BY: GEORGE B. FROTHINGHAM - HFSID 323525

OTIS SKINNER Signed sentiments of Otis Skinner and George B. Frothingham, dated in 1896. Autograph sentiment signed "Most sincerely yours/Otis Skinner/1896" and on verso, "Yours as ever/Geo. B. Frothingham" in brown ink, 7x4. Pencil notations on verso in unknown hand. 4x2¼.

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OTIS SKINNER
Signed sentiments of Otis Skinner and George B. Frothingham, dated in 1896.
Autograph sentiment signed "Most sincerely yours/Otis Skinner/1896" and on verso, "Yours as ever/Geo. B. Frothingham" in brown ink, 7x4. Pencil notations on verso in unknown hand. 4x2¼. Otis Skinner (1858-1942, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts) was an American stage actor and producer. Skinner had originally trained for a career in commerce, but a visit to the theatre reportedly left him stage-struck. He earned his chops playing bit roles in stock companies in New York and Boston. He toured with the likes of Augustin Daly, Edwin Booth and Helena Modjeska in the 1880s and, by the 1890s, was a legitimate star. Skinner specialized in Shakespearean roles; his performances were praised as natural and unaffected, and he made Shylock from The Merchant of Venice a character with whom the audience could sympathize. However, his signature role was as Hajj in Kismet, which he performed on Broadway from 1911 to 1912 for 184 performances and on the silver screen in 1920 and 1930. In all, Skinner had 25 Broadway appearances between 1900 and 1933. George B. Frothingham was a stage actor in the late 1800's to early 1900's, appearing in several Broadway plays. He debuted in the 1891 operetta Robin Hood, and later appeared in 6 more plays, including The Serenade (1897), The Viceroy (1900), and Maid Marian (1902). In his last Broadway performance, he reprised his role as Friar Tuck for a revival of Robin Hood (1912). Ink blots at "96" in Skinner's signature, but legible. Toned. Left edge slightly frayed from binding.

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