Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00158428: ELIA KAZAN

Scarce vintage inscribed blue ballpoint pen signature on a 3x5-inch white card, acquired in-person by inveterate collector Bob Keindaz in the 1970s. In very good condition and nice for matting. Brilliant director Elia Kazan, who won three Oscars and was nominated for three more, created emotionally powerful classics like A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945), The Sea of Grass (1947), Gentleman's Agreement (1947), Pinky (1949), Panic in the Streets (1950), A Streetcar Named Desire (1950), Viva Zapata! (1951), On the Waterfront (1954), East of Eden (1955), Baby Doll (1956), and Splendor in the Grass (1961).  Although he directed an astounding 22 actors in performances that earned them Academy Awards or nominations-- James Dunn, Peggy Ann Garner, Dorothy McGuire, Celeste Holm, Gregory Peck, Anne Revere, Jeanne Crain, Ethel Barrymore, Ethel Waters, Karl Malden, Vivien Leigh, Kim Hunter, Marlon Brando, Anthony Quinn, Eva Marie Saint, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Jo Van Fleet, James Dean, Carroll Baker, Mildred Dunnock, and Natalie Wood-- he fell out of favor with the acting community after naming names during the Red Scare of the early 1950s.