Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #001565: INA RAY HUTTON

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Terrific vintage 8x10-inch sepia-tone publicity portrait by Bruno of Hollywood, signed and inscribed in fountain pen in the 1940s.  In fine condition, with scattered surface creases.  The daughter of pianist Marvel Ray, Hutton sang and danced in stage revues from the age of 8, culminating in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1934.  That same year, she organized her famous "all-girl" band, the Melodears, which backed her with hot swing music while she danced frenziedly in revealing gowns.  The wildly popular group appeared in several Paramount shorts in the late 1930s, and Hutton made cameos in a few feature films, landing only one starring role, in the 1944 musical Ever Since Venus.  When the Melodears broke up in 1939, Hutton organized an all-male band, which she led through the 1940s.  She was the only woman to lead a prominent big band in that era.  She apparently wasn't an obliging signer and her autograph is elusive in any format.