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ROCK HUDSON - INSCRIBED SIGNATURE CIRCA 1952 CO-SIGNED BY: GINO CERVI - HFSID 159334

ROCK HUDSON, GINO CERVI Card signed by an established actor and an up-and-coming leading man Card signed "To Keif/Best,/Rock Hudson" and "Gino Cervi" on verso. Also signed "Rock Hudson/17.10.52" in unknown hand on Hudson side and "Gino Cervi 19.6.52" on Cervi side.

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Condition: lightly creased, otherwise fine condition
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ROCK HUDSON, GINO CERVI
Card signed by an established actor and an up-and-coming leading man
Card signed "To Keif/Best,/Rock Hudson" and "Gino Cervi" on verso. Also signed "Rock Hudson/17.10.52" in unknown hand on Hudson side and "Gino Cervi 19.6.52" on Cervi side. Pink card, 4¾x2¾. Includes 1¼ x 2½ cardboard tea card from Barbers Teas with color photo of Hudson on one side and short bio on verso. Hudson had released his 17th film Horizons West just six days before signing this card and was just two years away from his role in Magnificent Obsession, which assured his leading man status. Cervi, on the other hand, was a year away from his triumph in the titular role of the play Cyrano de Bergerac. Hudson (1925-1985), was born Roy Scherer but adopted the last name Fitzgerald when his mother remarried in the 1930s. He was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award for Giant in 1956. Twice voted Hollywood's top box-office draw and a favorite of fan magazines, Hudson proved he had more than good looks, turning in solid performances in such films as Magnificent Obsession (1954), Written on the Wind (1956), Battle Hymn (1956), A Farewell to Arms (1957), This Earth is Mine (1959), A Gathering of Eagles (1963), Ice Station Zebra (1968) and Darling Lili (1970). He is also known for his pairings with Doris Day in a number of light-hearted romantic comedies, including Pillow Talk (1959) and Send Me No Flowers (1964). In 1971, Hudson finally moved to the small screen, starring in McMillan and Wife (1971-1976), appearing on Dynasty (1981) and making a number of made-for-TV films, including a role in the 1980 TV adaptation of Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles. Diagnosed with AIDS in the early 1980s, he was the first major public figure to bring the deadly disease to world attention. Cervi (1901-1974) was born in Bologna, Italy and had a staggering 129 movies and TV shows and series to his credit, in addition to appearances in numerous plays. He started acting in stage plays in 1924 and established himself as the foremost Italian comedian in classical plays like Twelfth Night (1938) and The Merry Wives of Windsor (1939). His biggest stage triumph was as Cyrano in 1953's Cyrano de Bergerac, which was enthusiastically received even in Paris. But he's probably best known outside Italy for his role as the Communist mayor Giuseppe Bottazzi in 1951's French/Italian movie The Little World of Don Camillo, a movie so successful it spawned five sequels. Card and tea card are lightly toned. Card is lightly creased and has been torn from tea card. Otherwise in fine condition.

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