Highly uncommon vintage inscribed signature in black fine-tip pen on a 3.5 x 6-inch pale blue autograph album page, acquired in-person by inveterate collector Edward Gelman in 1978 and decorated with a small book image. In good condition. Important, though underrated, film director and editor Hal Ashby snagged an Oscar for In the Heat of the Night in 1967, and was nominated for The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming (1966) and Coming Home (1978). In addition to The Last Detail (1973), Bound for Glory (1976) and Being There (1979), he is fondly remembered for the cult classic Harold and Maude (1971), in which he also had a small cameo as a carnival hippie, wearing his ever-present aviator glasses. Ashby died of cancer at the age of 59 and, having been somewhat private throughout his brief life, his autograph is virtually nonexistent in any format.