RUTH ROLAND - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 293365
Sale Price $531.25
11x14 sepia image, shown in broad-brimmed hat in a garden setting
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Lou Barnett/with my very fondest wishes/Ruth Roland". Sepia, 11x14. Ruth Roland (1892-1932, born in San Francisco) had over 210 movie credits rivaling Pearl White as queen of the movie serials. She started acting at three and had her own vaudeville act by her teens. She got her start in film in 1908 after being spotted by a Kalem Company director. Her big break came with The Red Circle (1915), the first of her 11 serials. Roland reportedly made more money on real estate than acting in serials; this, plus her increasingly imperious set presence, probably caused her to leave films in favor of vaudeville. Roland made several comeback attempts - including the talkie Reno (1930) - but these were unsuccessful. She was mostly forgotten, but also independently wealthy, by her last film, From Nine to Five, in 1935. Lightly silvering. Corners worn and creased. Minor notch at center lower edge. Top left corner torn. Unknown stain at lower left edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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