Classic Entertainment Autographs


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Uncommonly early black fountain pen signature on a 4.5 x 5-inch tan autograph album page, acquired in-person during her London theater days in the late 1920s or very early 1930s. In very fine condition. Seductive, whiskey-voiced stage and screen star Tallulah Bankhead was equally well-known for her uninhibited behavior, including copious use of drugs and alcohol, endless sexual encounters and occasional disrobing in public.  After a handful of appearances in British silent films, she was signed to a talkie film contract with Paramount, but proved more of a Broadway fixture, at her dazzling and fiery best in “The Little Foxes” (1939) and “The Skin of Our Teeth (1942).  Her movie career was spotty and included several box office disasters, perhaps because her extravagant, larger-than-life personality was not done justice on the screen.  Her more memorable appearances include Alfred Hitchcock’s Lifeboat (1944), Otto Preminger's A Royal Scandal (1945) and the horror flick Die! Die! My Darling! (1965).