Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #000402: GERTRUDE ASTOR

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Scarce and lovely 8x10-inch sepia-tone bust portrait, dating to the silent era, boldly signed and inscribed in fountain pen.  In very good condition for its age and terrific for display.  The ever-elegant leading lady played scores of gold-diggers and man-eating socialites in silents, before finding new work in the talkie era in countless Hal Roach two-reel comedies, paired with Laurel and Hardy, Our Gang, and Charley Chase.  Throughout her long and diverse career, she made a considerable number of contributions to the horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery genres, appearing in The Cat and the Canary (1927), Weird Woman (1944), The Climax (1944), the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes film The Scarlet Claw (1944), An Angel Comes to Brooklyn (1945), Dragonwyck (1946), When Worlds Collide (1951), Scared Stiff (1953), The Devil's Hand (1953), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1956).