PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: GENE KELLY, WALTER PIDGEON, JANE WYMAN, EDWARD ARNOLD - HFSID 287527
Sale Price $1,360.00
RONALD REAGAN, JANE WYMAN, WALTER PIDGEON, EDWARD ARNOLD and GENE KELLY
Remarkable photo of leaders of the Screen Actors Guild meeting around a table, signed by these five. Reagan and Wyman were married at the time. Pidgeon and Arnold, like the future US President, were SAG Presidents.
Photograph signed: "Gene Kelly/47?", "Edward/Arnold", "Walter Pidgeon", "Jane/Wyman" and "Ronald Reagan". B/w, 10x8. This photo was taken at the Ambassador Hotel East, Chicago, in October 1946, at a national convention of the American Federation of Labor. The meeting pictured here, composed of SAG delegates to the convention, may have been an important one. During this convention, the Screen Actors Guild announced its refusal to honor the picket lines set up by another union, the Conference of Studio Unions. Edward Arnold was President of the SAG from 1940-1942, Ronald Reagan in1947-1952 and 1959-1960, and Pidgeon from 1952-1957. RONALD REAGAN (1911-2004), of course, would go on to become Governor of California (1967-1975) and President of the United States (1981-1989). His immediate future, as President of the Screen Actors Guild, would be consumed with the issue of how to address accusations of communist presence in Hollywood, and the resulting studio blacklist of suspected communist sympathizers. He would in fact meet future spouse and First Lady Nancy (Davis) Reagan while advising her on how to protect herself from misdirected accusations. His film career was no mere postscript either. It included 53 films from 1937 to 1964, and hosting of TV's Death Valley Days. The title of his first of two autobiographies, Where's the Rest of Me?, invokes his classic line from King's Row (1942). When this photo was taken, Reagan was still married (1940-1948) to JANE WYMAN (1917-2007), the mother of his children Michael and Maureen. Emerging as a major film star with The Lost Weekend (1945), Wyman won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Johnny Belinda (1948), and was nominated for Best Actress Oscar for The Yearling (1946), The Blue Veil (1951) and The Magnificent Obsession (1954). She hosted a twice Emmy-nominated dramatic anthology on TV, The Jane Wyman Show (1955-1958), and returned to the small screen as the ruthless Angela Channing on the series, Falcon Crest (1981-1990). Canadian actor WALTER PIDGEON (1898-1984), who had his first leading roles in silent films, earned Best Actor Academy Award nominations for Mrs. Miniver (1942) and Madame Curie (1943). He had prominent roles in many other successful films, including How Green Was My Valley (1941), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), Forbidden Planet (1956), Advise and Consent (1962) and Funny Girl (1968). Pidgeon received a Tony nomination as Best Actor in a Musical for Take Me Along (1960). Actor, director and innovative dancer/choreographer GENE KELLY (1912-1996) was a major star in 1950s and 1960s MGM musicals, including Singin' in the Rain (1952). He rivaled Fred Astaire as the most successful song-and-dance man in film history. In 1951, he received a special Academy Award "in appreciation of his versatility as an actor, singer, director and dancer, and especially for his brilliant achievements in the art of choreography on film". His other films include Anchors Aweigh (1945; Best Actor Academy Award nomination), Take Me Out to the Ball Game and On the Town (1949), An American in Paris (1951), Brigadoon (1954), Marjorie Morningstar (1958), Inherit the Wind (1960), What a Way to Go! (1964) and Xanadu (1980). Kelly also hosted and starred in several TV series and miniseries. EDWARD ARNOLD(1890-1956) moved from the stage, and bit parts in silent movies, to starring film roles, beginning with Diamond Jim (1935). He abandoned efforts to lose weight after deciding that his girth increased his prospects for getting character roles. A favorite of director Frank Capra, he played a corrupt boss in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1938) and starred as Daniel Webster in The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941). Surface creases and damage at edges and corners. 1" tear at upper center edged - repaired with tape on verso. Lightly soiled.
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