Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #000614111: LOUISE BROOKS

Ultra-, ultra-rare vintage signed and inscribed photo-- one of only two authentic autographed portraits from her Hollywood heyday known to exist anywhere-- measuring about 9 x 12 inches, and handsomely matted and framed for display. The piece is dedicated to fellow silent movie actor Jack Santoro (1898-1980), who was active onscreen in the late 1920s, which is probably when the actress signed this for him. In good condition, although not inspected outside the current display. With her statuesque feature, slick, black bob and acerbic wit, Louise Brooks became a bona fide Hollywood legend, mesmerizing in films like The American Venus (1926), Beggars of Life (1928), Pandora's Box (1929), The Canary Murder Case (1929), Diary of a Lost Girl (1929), Beauty Prize (1930), and King of Gamblers (1937). In 1938, only 25 films into her movie career, she abandoned acting, growing increasingly reclusive as the years went on. She devoted the bulk of her time to her passions of painting and writing, including the celebrated autobiography Lulu in Hollywood (1982). The cult star was an infamously unobliging signer beyond the 1930s, shunning fansand collectors to the point of mailing them back fan letters torn to pieces or scribbling venomous remarks, in lieu of signatures, on irreplaceable vintage portraits mailed to her for autographs.