Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0019751111: BARBARA O'NEIL

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Rare vintage inscribed fountain pen signature on a 2x6-inch portion of a tan album page, acquired in-person in the 1940s. In good condition, with a black line printed along the top edge, passing through one letter of the dedication. Lovely, refined leading lady Barbara O'Neil's brief film career began in 1937, with her portrayal of Anne Shirley’s kindhearted “second” mother in Stella Dallas.  The following year, she starred in the Basil Rathbone/Boris Karloff horror classic Tower of London and landed the career-changing role of Scarlett O’Hara’s mother in Gone with the Wind (1939), when it was turned down by Lillian Gish. O’Neil was nominated for an Academy Award in 1940-- the year this autograph was given-- for her mesmerizing performance as the jealous, domineering Duchesse de Preslin in All This, and Heaven Too, and was also memorable in Shining Victory (1941), I Remember Mama (1948), Otto Preminger’s Whirlpool (1949), and The Nun’s Story (1959). O'Neil retired from acting at the age of 49, after only 17 onscreen appearances, and her autograph is extremely uncommon in any format.