STEVE ALLEN - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 76629
Sale Price $90.00
Colorized publicity photograph of a scene from the film The Benny Goodman Story signed by Steve Allen.
Photograph signed: "Best/wishes-/Steve Allen". Colorized, 10x8 overall, image 9½x6¾ (one surface). Movie still from the film The Benny Goodman Story, ©1955, Universal Pictures Company. Allen made his dramatic debut in this film, playing Benny Goodman. Breaking into showbiz as a radio disc jockey, the multitalented Steve Allen (1921-2000) learned that inserting humor would draw a lot more attention to himself than merely announcing. In order to supply himself with an endless stream of material, he memorized every joke book and "college humor" magazine that he could get his hands on; the result was his uncanny ability to conjure up precisely the right wisecrack at the right time. Allen received his first network exposure in 1949, and he was also featured in several films, including Down Memory Lane (1949) and I'll Get By (1950). In 1953, Allen was hired to host a local late-night program on New York's WNBC-TV, which later developed into the NBC network's Tonight Show. Allen was also an accomplished composer (he wrote over 7,400 songs, including his signature song This Could Be The Start of Something Big) and piano player, and he filled up his spare time by writing more than 50 books as well as plays and magazine articles. Allen was married to actress Jayne Meadows from 1954 until his death. Both Allen and Meadows were nominated for Emmy Awards for a joint guest appearance on the TV series LA Law, and the couple also appeared together on Allen's memorable PBS miniseries Meeting of Minds. Slightly creased. Fine condition.
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