Exceedingly rare 8x10-inch black and white portrait in her Oscar-nominated role in A Star Was Born (1937)-- the only one we have ever encountered in over three decades-- boldly signed and inscribed in blue ballpoint pen in the late 1950s or early 1960s. In fine condition. Pretty Janet Gaynor was one of the biggest box office draws of the silent era. In 1929, she became the first winner of the Best Actress Academy Award for her performances in three films, 7th Heaven (1927), F.W. Murnau's Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) and Street Angel (1928). The actress' success continued into the talkie era and she achieved a notable success in the original version of A Star Is Born (1937), snagging a second Best Actress Academy Award nomination.