SARA BERNER - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: CAROLINA COTTON, SONNY TUFTS - HFSID 24740
Sale Price $180.00
SARA BERNER, COSIGNED BY: SONNY TUFTS and CAROLINA COTTON
Guestbook page signed by actors Sara Berner, Sonny Tufts and Carolina Cotton. With small b/w printed photos of all three signers affixed.
Autograph notes signed "Sara Berner" and, on verso, "Sonny/Tufts" and "Carolina Cotton", all in green ink. Red pencil marks in unknown hand. 2 pages, 7¾x5½, 1 sheet, front and verso. With small b/w printed photos of Berner, Tufts and Cotton affixed. Berner's note in full: "George it was a pleasure to work 'witch yess' [sic] Sincerely". Cotton's note in full: "Hi Georgie - See you [illegible] air waves -". BERNER (1912-1969) was an American actor with almost 100 movies and TV shows to her credit - although you'd never know it. Many of her roles were uncredited voice acting roles for animated cartoons with Warner Brothers, Walter Lantz Productions and MGM between 1936 and 1959. Her roles include Chilly Willy and Andy Panda for Walter Lantz, Jerry Mouse for MGM's Tom and Jerry cartoons and the Italian mama vulture (yes, you read that right) in MGM's The Bashful Buzzard. She was also the voice of Mayzie the Lazy Bird in Horton Hatches an Egg, one of the first film adaptations of a Dr. Seuss story. Her onscreen roles include two with Alfred Hitchcock, one as the Thorwald's upstairs neighbor in Rear Window (1954) and another role - again uncredited - as a telephone operator in North by Northwest (1959). American actor TUFTS (1911-1970), born Bowen Charlton Tufts III, originally wanted to be a singer; he had operatic training and had a role in the 1939 Broadway musical revue Sing for Your Supper. He first appeared in film in 1939's Ambush. An injury kept him out of the service during World War II, when many other actors were off fighting. When he returned to movies in 1943, he was a leading man - albeit a fairly bland type who often appeared bare-chested. He was relegated to secondary roles and B-movies by the 1950s - a notable exception is his starring role as Tom MacKenzie in The Seven-Year Itch (1955) - and allegations that he bit several showgirls on the thigh further damaged his reputation. In all, he appeared over 30 movies and TV shows between 1939 and 1968. COTTON (1925-1997), also known as the Yodeling Blonde Bombshell, had 21 movie appearances to her credit including Apache Country and Blue Canadian Rockies with Gene Autry and Rough, Tough West with Jock Mahoney. She started out on radio and performing at San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre yodeling, singing and playing instruments before her first movie appearance in 1944. She also recorded a number of Western songs, yodeling songs and song tracks. Lightly toned and creased. Show-through and discolorations from photos touches all three signatures. Irregular edges. Neatly torn from guestbook at right edge. Otherwise in fine condition.
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