Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0011645: LILI DAMITA

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Rare vintage signature in heavy pencil on a 4x6-inch pale pink autograph album page, acquired in-person by inveterate collector Rosanne Deerdorff Ochoa in 1935.  In good condition, with a patch of toning from a newspaper image that had been affixed to the previous page in the book and a bold pencil signature of Wally Ford on the verso.  The magnificently beautiful French-born leading lady of the silent and early talkie screens made quite a splash in three films directed by her husband, Michael Curtiz:  Das Spielzeug von Paris (1925), Fiaker Nr. 13 (1926) and Der Goldene Schmetterling (1926).  She went on to strong work in Robert Wiene's Die Grosse Abenteuerin (1927), G.W. Pabst's Man Spielt nicht mit der Liebe (1926), and Graham Cutts' The Queen Was in the Parlour (1927) before being imported to Hollywood by Samuel Goldwyn.  During a decade in the States, sometimes credited as Lily Damita, she dazzled and charmed in films like The Rescue (1929), The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1929), The Cock-Eyed World (1929), Fighting Caravans (1931), Friends and Lovers (1931), This Is the Night (1932), The Match King (1932), Goldie Gets Along (1933), Man Stolen (1934), Brewster's Millions (1935), Frisco Kid (1935), The Devil on Horseback (1938), and Escadrille of Chance (1938).  By the late 1930s, she began to fall out of favor with audiences, partly due to her tempestuous, oftentimes scandalous marriage to Errol Flynn, and her career came to a screeching halt by the age of 34.