Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0008431: NANCY CARROLL

Vintage inscribed fountain pen signature on a 4  x 6.5-inch portion of a tan autograph album page, acquired in-person in the 1930s. In good condition, with the four corners diagonally trimmed for decorative purposes. After making her bones on the Broadway stage, the little firecracker of an actress became the first person to sing and dance on a movie sound stage, memorable in films like Easy Come, Easy Go (1928), The Water Hole (1928), Manhattan Cocktail (1928), Laughter (1930), Follow Thru (1930), Paramount on Parade (1930), Ernst Lubitsch's Broken Lullaby (1932), Scarlet Dawn (1932), Hot Saturday (1932), James Whale's The Kiss Before the Mirror (1933), That Certain Age (1938), and There Goes My Heart (1938). After she was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in The Devil's Holiday (1930), Carroll became a tad full of herself and quickly earned a reputation as a recalcitrant and uncooperative pest. Despite her considerable talents at tackling light comedies, tearful melodramas, and even musicals, not to mention mounting praise by the critics and the public, Paramount gave her the boot in 1935.  She was thereafter forced to make ends meet with smaller roles in B-pictures, and assorted T.V. and stage work, most notably "The Aldrich Family" from 1950 to 1951.