TURHAN BEY - AUTOGRAPH 09/21/1953 CO-SIGNED BY: MARIA PALMER, GOGI GRANT - HFSID 19078
Sale Price $252.00
TURHAN BEY, GOGI GRANT and MARIA PALMER
The signatures of the popular film actor and television actress with an Autograph note on verso from the singer of the number one hit "The Wayward Wind"
Signatures: "All the best/Wishes/Sept 21, 1953/Turhan Bey" and "Greater & greater success, all the good/things to you - always./Maria Palmer", 7¾½x6½. On verso, Autograph Note signed: "Gogi Grant". No place, but Los Angeles, 1953 September. To "Dear George". In full: "It was really worth climbing this little mountain to have such an interesting chat. Thanks so much - it was delightful! Here's wishing you and your lovely family all the luck and happiness in the world. Sincerely yours". Sheet, which has "K.T.L.A." written (unknown hand) at upper left corner on front, is from the collection of radio host George Sanders, who collected the signatures of celebrities whom he interviewed. Magazine photograph of Bey, b/w, 1x1¼, affixed at right of Bey's signature, magazine photograph of Grant, b/w, 1½x1½, affixed at upper left corner of verso, imprinted biography at lower right. In full: "GOGI GRANT, whose recording of 'The Wayward Wind' stayed atop the hit parade two months, stormed into show business via TV. The 24-year-old singer, born in Philadelphia but reared in Los Angeles, started singing as a child. Her parents could not afford to train her, so she became a clerk, but entered every TV singing contest she could, and won. She studied with a coach, was soon signed by RCA-Victor and booked into niteries." Born in Vienna, Austria to a Turkish father and a Czechoslovakian mother, actor TURHAN BEY was a popular leading man of the 1940s who was often cast as mysterious or villainous characters on in Arabian nights-type films. Appearing in films from 1941-1996, Bey's credits include Bombay Clipper, The Mummy's Tomb and Arabian Nights (all 1942), Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and Dragon Seed (both 1944), Song of India (1949), The Skateboard Kid II (1995) and Virtual Combat (1996). He also made several guest starring appearances on television, most notably as two different characters on Babylon 5 (1995, 1998). Bey has returned to Vienna, where he is a successful photographer. Born Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg in Philadelphia, pop vocalist GOGI GRANT is best known for her 1956 hit song, "The Wayward Wind", which shot to No. 1 in the U.S. and reached the Top 10 in Great Britain. Grant, who had also had a Top 10 hit with "Suddenly There's A Valley" in 1955, recorded a number of albums, provided the vocals for Ann Blyth's portrayal of Helen Morgan in The Helen Morgan Story (1957) and appeared in another feature film and on two TV shows during the late 1950s. MARIA PALMER (1917-1981), born Maria Pichler in Vienna, trained as a stage actress and a dancer before making her New York debut on the stage. Beginning in the early 1940s, Palmer appeared in such films as Mission to Moscow (1943), Lady on a Train (1944) and By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953, the year she signed this autograph). Palmer also starred in a TV series, The Young Marrieds (1964-1965), hosted her own local Los Angeles show, Sincerely, Maria Palmer, and made a long list of guest appearances on television shows and series, from Your Show Time in 1949 to Adam-12 in 1971. Irregularly cut, irregular right edge from removal from bound book. Light show through of writing and affixed items, remnants of another article at lower margin of front. Overall, fine condition.
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