Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00135114: LOUISE FAZENDA

Scarce vintage 7×9-inch matte-finish black and white portrait, signed and inscribed in black fountain pen in the 1920s. In near fine condition, with slightly unevenly trimmed borders; a single pin hole in each corner; small bends to the top and bottom right corner tips; and the writing the tiniest bit faded, but still quite readable. Goofy, effervescent Louise Fazenda was one of the most memorable of the female contributors to Mack Sennett's and Keystone's silent comedies, beloved for her hilarious pairings with Charlie Murray and the immortal Mabel Normand. Her best known onscreen persona was that of a humorous country bumpkin girl, featuring a costume of spit curls, pigtails, and a calico dress.  The character served as a sort of prototype for Judy Canova and Minnie Pearl.  Fazenda gradually branched out into drama, shining in films like The Kitchen Lady (1918), Down on the Farm (1920), The Beautiful and the Damned (1920), and Main Street (1923). She made several contributions to the horror, sci-fi and fantasy genres with The Bat (1926), The Terror (1928), House of Horror (1929), and Alice in Wonderland (1933) before retiring to concentrate on artistic and philanthrophic pursuits. She died somewhat young, aged only 66 years.