Highly rare, very early 3.25 x 5.25-inch sepia-tone portrait, dating to the very onset of her career, when she was but a starlet, boldly signed and inscribed in green fountain pen, with a handwritten note on the verso. Some minor creasing and very light brushing to the ink in spots; otherwise, in fine condition for its age. After garnering public attention for her portrayal of Violet Bick in It's a Wonderful Life (1946), sexy Gloria Grahame went on to play a string of shady, sultry types in noir gems like Crossfire (1947), In a Lonely Place (1950), Sudden Fear (1952), The Big Heat (1953), Human Desire (1954), and Naked Alibi (1954). The actress was also memorable as Ado Annie Carnes in Oklahoma! (1955). She died of stomach cancer at the age of 57 and her autograph, always sought by It's a Wonderful Life collectors, is elusive in any format.