Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #001991342: GAIL PATRICK

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Uncommon vintage inscribed fountain pen signature on a 4x5-inch pale pink autograph album page, acquired in-person in 1934 and decorated with a small magazine image.  In good condition for its age, with a square-shaped patch of toning to the lower left-hand corner, from an image of Heather Angel pasted to the verso alongside a signature of that actress.  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.