Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #001511202113: RITA HAYWORTH

Spectacular 10.25 x 13.25-inch matte-finish portrait as Elsa "Rosalie" Bannister in Orson Welles' classic film noir The Lady from Shanghai (1948), affixed to an 11x14-inch tan mount, signed and inscribed in black fountain pen and additionally signed by the photographer at the bottom of the mount. In fine condition, with the ink a hint light, but not as light as might be suggested by the scans shown here. After appearing, billed as Rita Cansino, in Under the Pampas Moon (1935), the horror flick Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935), Dante's Inferno (1935), Meet Nero Wolfe (1935), Rebellion (1936), and Old Louisiana (1937), the young actress and dancer was noticed by Columbia Pictures studio head Harry Cohn, who gave her a makeover and changed her surname to Hayworth.  She was thereafter the iconic embodiment of electrifying sexuality we all know and love, unforgettable in You'll Never Get Rich (1941) and You Were Never Lovelier (1942), opposite Fred Astaire; My Gal Sal (1942); Tales of Manhattan (1942); Cover Girl (1942); Gilda (1946); Down to Earth (1947); The Lady from Shanghai (1947); The Loves of Carmen (1948); Affair in Trinidad (1952); Salome (1953); Miss Sadie Thompson (1953); Pal Joey (1957); and Separate Tables (1958).  She died of Alzheimer's Disease in 1987, aged only 68.