Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0015983: DOROTHY LAMOUR

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Uncommonly early glossy 7.5 x 9.25-inch black and white portrait, boldly signed and inscribed-- with her full-name, not just "Dot Lamour," as was her custom-- in-person in violet fountain pen for inveterate collector Kay Ingram in the 1930s. In fine condition for its age, with some trimming down from its original 8x10-inch format, so that the "D" in her first name touches the left edge. A studio snipe printed on the reverse announces her upcoming appearance in St. Louis Blues (1939). After bit parts in forgettable films of the early 1930s, beauty contest winner and big band vocalist Dorothy Lamour landed her first major film role in 1936, donning her soon-to-be-famous floral sarong to play Ulah in The Jungle Princess. She went on to almost uniformly play female Tarzan-Crusoe-Gauguin-type roles through the Second World War and beyond, most famously in the beloved Bob Hope and Bing Crosby "Road" pictures. Elsewhere, she was memorable in Johnny Apollo (1940), A Medal for Benny (1945) and The Greatest Show on Earth (1952). Lamour made one horror film, Creepshow 2, in 1987.