WILLIAM S. HART - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 27353
Sale Price $510.00
WILLIAM S. HART
The western actor is shown in full view in this 7x9¾ black and white photograph.
Photograph signed: "Very truly yours/William S. Hart". B/w, 7x9¾. William S. Hart (1870-1946) began acting onstage in New York, going on to make his name as a Shakespearean actor on Broadway. By his 30s, he was a highly popular stage performer, particularly in western plays. He had spent his youth traveling around the country with his father, an itinerant laborer. Hart was 44 when he starred in his first film in 1914. Basing his westerns on his own memories of the West, he insisted on stark realism, using bare, unglamorous storylines that emphasized plot and character over action. In the early 20s, other western stars emerged who emphasized spectacular action and larger-than-life heroics, and Hart's popularity faded. In 1925 he made his final film, Tumbleweeds. Hart was a friend of legendary lawman Wyatt Earp and was a pallbearer at Earp's 1929 funeral. Light surface scratches at left background, lightly creased at lower blank corners. Image is lightly silvered, ¼-inch stain at lower left blank margin. Light diagonal stain touches the "t" in Hart. Otherwise, fine condition.
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