Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #000615: PHYLLIS BROOKS

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Uncommon 8x10-inch black and white publicity portrait, looking lovely in her prime, signed and inscribed in blue ink for inveterate collector Paula Klaw in the 1970s or 1980s. In good condition. Model Phyllis Brooks, who posed for James Montgomery Flagg and was a regular in Ipana toothpaste ads, spent ten years playing supporting, and then leading roles in B-level and, occasionally, A-level mystery and crime flicks of the '30s and '40s. Of note were her performances in Two in the Dark (1936), Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937), Dangerously Yours (1937), Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938), City Girl (1938), Charlie Chan in Reno (1939), Slightly Dishonorable (1939), The Flying Squad (1940), The Shanghai Gesture (1941), No Place for a Lady (1943), High Powered (1945), and The Unseen (1945). She also starred in the Shirley Temple favorite Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938). In 1945, Brooks, who had previously been engaged to Cary Grant, married Congressman Torbert H. Macdonald, and completely abandoned Hollywood. While she occasionally signed for fans who contacted her via the mail, her autograph is rather scarce in any format.