Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0009832: MARGUERITE CHURCHILL

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Highly rare and quite beautiful vintage roughly 7x9-inch sepia-tone portrait, with most of its borders trimmed away for framing purposes, boldly signed in black fountain pen in the early 1930s. In good condition, with one minor surface crack in the lower right-hand corner. After a brief Broadway stage career, raven-haired Marguerite Churchill was signed to a film contract by Fox Studios, making her debut in The Valiant (1929), opposite Paul Muni. Chiefly relegated to B-pictures like Born Reckless (1930), Charlie Chan Carries On (1931), Legion of Terror (1936), and Man Hunt (1936), she headlined in two horror classics in 1936, playing Nancy in the Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff flick The Walking Dead, and Janet Blake in Lambert Hillyer's cult favorite Dracula's Daughter. Following a few more appearances that same year, she abandoned Hollywood to raise a family with actor George O'Brien, resurfacing only once following their 1948 divorce, to star in RKO's horror-themed mystery Bunco Squad (1950). Although she lived until 2000, this is one of only a handful of autographs of the actress we've ever encountered.