Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00065112: BILLIE BURKE

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Rare vintage 10x8-inch matte-finish black and white Columbia Pictures studio portrait, boldly signed in black fountain pen in the 1930s. In fine condition, with mild creasing at the top left and bottom right corner tips, not affecting the image. Best recognized by contemporary audiences for her role as Glinda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz (1939), Billie Burke had been enchanting audiences as a musical comedy, Broadway and silent film star for four decades before appearing in the fantasy classic. While adept at dramatic roles, her real strength lay in comedy, and she excelled at portraying fey, birdbrained society ladies. She toiled tirelessly at MGM during the sound era, but made rewarding side trips to Hal Roach Studios, where she appeared as Mrs. Topper in the three Topper films, played Oliver Hardy's wife in Zenobia (1939), and earned an Oscar nomination for Merrily We Live (1938).