Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #000843122: NANCY CARROLL

Vintage inscribed black fountain pen signature on a 4x6-inch light green album page, acquired in-person by a New York City-based autograph hound in 1944. In good condition. After making her bones on the Broadway stage, little firecracker of an actress Nancy Carroll 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). Snagging a nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in The Devil's Holiday (1930), she became a tad full of herself, quickly earning 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.