Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #001385: MARY FORBES

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Scarce 7x9-inch black and white three-quarter portrait by Russell Ball, dating to the silent era, boldly signed in fountain pen.  Some very gentle surface dings and minor creases to the two right tips; also, a small brown stain near the right central border.  Overall, in good condition for its age and terrific for display.  The unforgettable character actress was a veritable scene-stealer in nearly 150 classic films, playing upper-crust, matronly types in A Farewell to Arms (1932), Anna Karenina (1935), The Awful Truth (1937), You Can't Take It with You (1938), and Jane Eyre (1943).  She made several contributions to the horror and fantasy genres, including The Thirteenth Chair (1929), directed by Tod Browning, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945), Flesh and Fantasy (1945), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) and Down to Earth (1947).  She also had supporting roles in a string of Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes favorites, including The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939), Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943) and Terror By Night (1945).