PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 269006
Sale Price $680.00
Small black and white publicity photograph of Ronald Reagan wearing a tuxedo with James Cagney during Cagney's ceremony to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Photograph signed: "Ronald Reagan". B/w, 4¾x5½. Pictured are President Reagan and James Cagney (not signing). On March 26, 1984, actor JAMES CAGNEY (1899-1986) was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor, by his long time friend and former actor, President Ronald Reagan. At the White House ceremony, President Reagan read the citation: "As a giant in the world of entertainment, James Cagney has left his mark not only on the film industry but on the hearts of all his fellow Americans. In some 60 years in entertainment, performing on stage and screen, he mastered drama and action adventure, as well as music and dance. One of his most remembered performances, as George M. Cohan in 'Yankee Doodle Dandy,' was a whirlwind singing and dancing film that inspired a Nation at war when it sorely needed a lift in spirit. James Cagney's professional and personal life has brought great credit to him and left unforgettable memories with millions who have followed his career.' Could I add something else? And this didn't have anything to do with the award. As a great star at the same studio where I started, he was never too busy to hold out a hand to a young fellow just trying to get underway." Two years after presenting James Cagney with the Medal of Freedom, President Reagan delivered his eulogy. RONALD REAGAN (1911-2004) had two careers: actor and politician. His first movie was Love is on the Air (1937) and his 53rd and last film was The Killers (1964). In 1965, he wrote his autobiography, Where's the Rest of Me?, a line from his role as Drake McHugh in King's Row (1942). Reagan left his job hosting television's Death Valley Days during the 1965-1966 season, when he entered politics. Elected Governor of California in 1966, he was reelected in 1970. Reagan began his campaign for the presidency and narrowly lost the 1976 Republican nomination to Gerald Ford. He was elected President in 1980 and was reelected in 1984. After leaving office in 1989, he wrote his second autobiography, An American Life. On February 6, 2001, Reagan became just the third U.S. President to reach the age of 90 and the nation's longest living President until Gerald Ford (d. 2006) lived 45 days longer. Fine condition.
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