REGINALD DENNY - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: LUISE RAINER - HFSID 100138
Sale Price $162.00
REGINALD DENNY and LUISE RAINERThe actor and actress pen notes for a fan on this 5½x4¼ sheet of paper Autograph Note signed: "To Mary/from/Sincerely Yours/Reginald Denny." and, on verso, "To Marie/Luise Rainer", 5½x4¼. British stage, screen and television actor Reginald Denny (1891-1967) made his film debut in the silents in 1915, and by the 1920s, he was a popular star in light comedies. With the advent of "talkies", Denny found himself relegated to character roles due to his heavy British accent, but he continued to appear in a long list of feature films, including Of Human Bondage (1934), Anna Karenina (1935), Romeo and Juliet (1936), several Bull Drummond features (as Algernon "Algy" Longworth, 1937-1939), Rebecca (1940), Tangier (1946), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947), Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953), Cat Ballou (1965), Assault on a Queen (1966) and Batman (1966). After making his television debut in 1949, Denny appeared on a number of early anthologies, and he also guest starred on such series as Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1965) and Batman (two appearances as King Boris in 1966). In addition to his acting career, Denny, a WWI veteran who remained interested in aviation, had formed a company that built model plane kits, and, in 1940, he founded Radioplane, which built target drones for the U.S. Army. The talented Luise Rainer (1910-2014) was awarded successiveBest Actress Academy Awards for The Great Ziegfeld (1936, which also earned her the moniker "The Viennese Teardrop") and The Good Earth (1937). She was the first woman to win two Oscars, and the first actor to win two consecutive ones. She later considered the back-to-back Oscar wins a misfortune, raising expectations too high, and she is considered by many the most glaring example of the "Oscar jinx." She moved from the U.S. to England in the early 1940s and largely retired from film. Her patron, producer Irving Thalberg had died, and MGM head Louis B. Mayer did not like her. She reappeared years later on TV, even starring in an episode of The Love Boat (1984), and played a grandmother in the 1997 film The Gambler. Slightly creased. Irregular right edge from removal from bound book. Otherwise, fine condition.
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