Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #000191: JEAN ADAIR

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Ultra-rare vintage pencil signature on a playbill for "Arsenic & Old Lace," acquired in-person following a performance in 1943. Some minor creasing and toning, with a faint crinkle touching the writing; otherwise, in fine condition for its age and just the fifth example we have encountered in over 35 years. Note that the image of the star shown here alongside the scan of the signed piece is not included. A noted vaudevillian and theatrical character actress, Jean Adair was 71 when she was invited to Hollywood to recreate her stage role as Martha Brewster, one of Cary Grant's two murderous, dotty old aunts, in Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). She appeared in just one or two television roles before her death at 79, and her autograph is virtually nonexistent in any format.