SERGIO FRANCHI - INSCRIBED PICTURE POSTCARD SIGNED - HFSID 43294
Sale Price $270.00
Color publicity postcard (5x8) of Sergio Franchi at the Sahara in Las Vegas
Picture Postcard Inscribed and Signed: "To/Jerilynn/love & XXXX/Sergio Franchi". Color 5x8 postcard, captioned at lower margin, signed in green ink. Born in Cremona, Italy, Sergio Franchi (1926-1990) moved with his family to South Africa in 1952. An electrical engineer by education, he studied voice with the hope of becoming a professional singer. In 1954, he was "discovered" and signed to tour South Africa in LaTraviata, Madama, Butterfly, Carmen, etc. He returned to Italy and toured Europe, ended up on a British television program, Sunday Night at the Palladium (1962) and was off to the US. Recording, performing at clubs (The Coconut Grove), and on television (The Ed Sullivan Show, The Red Skelton Show), Franchi was a sensation. Sold-out concerts and appearances on Broadway gave way to movies in 1969 when he stared with Anthony Quinn in The Secret of Santa Vittoria. That same year, he signed a 2 year contact at the Flamingo Room in Las Vegas and became an American citizen in 1972. Paper and adhesive residue (previous mounting) on verso. Corners lightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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