RUTH ETTING - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 01/09/1933 - HFSID 54445
Sale Price $288.00
Photo of a drawing of "America's Sweetheart of Song", inscribed by her in red ink
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To/Blanche Svehla/Best Wishes/Ruth Etting/1/9/33". B/w, 8x10. Ruth Etting (1896-1978) was a popular American torch singer who recorded over 200 songs between 1926 and 1937. Billed as "America's Sweetheart of Song," she made a smooth transition from the jazz age ("Love Me or Leave Me)" to the Depression ("Ten Cents a Dance)." She made her Broadway debut in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1927, and starred opposite Eddie Canto (Whoopee!, 1929) and Ed Wynn (Simple Simon, 1930). Her film roles included Roman Scandals (opposite Cantor again, 1932). Her career was badly damaged when her first husband, mobster Moe Snyder, shot her fiancé, pianist Myrl Alderman. This story was filmed as Love Me or Leave Me, which won 8 Oscars in 1955, with Doris Day cast as Etting, James Cagney as Snyder. Etting's rendition of "Button Up Your Overcoat" is heard on the soundtrack of the 2011 film, Water for Elephants. Lightly worn. Lightly soiled. Slightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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