Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #001385: MARY FORBES

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Highly scarce vintage inscribed black ballpoint pen signature on a 4x6-inch pink card, acquired in-person by inveterate autograph hound John Virzi in her later years and decorated with a small book image. A triangular stain below the writing, which could be carefully trimmed away; otherwise, in good condition. The first example of her autograph we have offered in nearly a decade! Unforgettable character actress Mary Forbes 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).