Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #001322201: BOBBY DRISCOLL

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Highly rare vintage black ballpoint pen signature dating to the 1950s on a 4 x 5.5-inch off-white slip, affixed to a slightly larger album page. Actress Bonita Granville signs on the verso. In good condition and nice for matting with a favorite photograph. Following wonderful work in classic films like The Fighting Sullivans (1944), Song of the South (1946), So Dear to My Heart (1948), and The Window (1949), child actor Bobby Driscoll was given a special juvenile Oscar in 1949. The following year, he starred in Disney's Treasure Island and, in 1953, he lent his elfin looks and distinct voice to the animated hero Peter Pan.  Alas, Driscoll's career fell apart due to a long battle with substance abuse and, despite intermittent sobriety and brief comeback in the 1960s, he tragically died of occlusive coronary arteriosclerosis related to his drug problem in an abandoned East Village tenement at the age of 31. Discovered by two playing children, he was believed to be a homeless man with no family ties and was buried in an unmarked pauper's grave, where he still remains. His autograph is virtually impossible to find in any format.