Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #001991342: GAIL PATRICK

Uncommon vintage inscribed black fountain pen signature on a 4x6-inch light blue autograph album page, acquired in-person in the 1930s. In good condition. Tall, slender, patrician beauty Gail Patrick was a finalist in Paramount's nationwide contest for the plum role of Lota the Panther Woman in Island of Lost Souls (1932), which ultimately went to Kathleen Burke.  Nevertheless, she landed a film contract and far surpassed Burke in fame in films like The Pick-Up (1933), the Lionel Atwill horror classic Murders in the Zoo (1933), The Crime of Helen Stanley (1934), Death Takes a Holiday (1934), Wagon Wheels (1934), Wanderer of the Wastleland (1935), Mississippi (1935), and Early to Bed (1936), typically cast as cold, calculating "other women", socialites and scheming villainesses. Patrick was unforgettable as Carole Lombard's spoiled, treacherous sister My Man Godfrey (1936); the cynical wannabe actress who explodes into cat fights with Ginger Rogers in Stage Door (1937); and Cary Grant's exacting second spouse who must contend with the reappearance of his first, Irene Dunne, in My Favorite Wife (1940). In 1947, Patrick abruptly abandoned Hollywood to embark upon a new career as a clothing designer, and later co-produced television programs with her husband, Cornwell Jackson, most notably "Perry Mason" from 1957 to 1966.