Scarce and beautiful 8x10-inch glossy black and white portrait in her prime, boldly signed with no inscription in blue felt-tip pen. In good condition, with the name of the original recipient penned by him along the lower right-hand border. After winning a series of beauty contests, Donna Reed was recruited by M.G.M. executives, who signed her to a film contract. She was assigned to supporting roles in Shadow of the Thin Man (1941), The Courtship of Andy Hardy (1942), The Human Comedy (1943), and Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case (1943), gradually working her way up to more substantial roles as sincere, wholesome wives and girlfriends. Reed exuded class and elegance in the horror gem The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945), the holiday classic It's a Wonderful Life (1946), Scandal Sheet (1952), The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954), and The Benny Goodman Story (1956), as well as on T.V.'s "The Donna Reed Show" (1958-1966). It was the one time the leading lady was cast against type that she nabbed an Academy Award, playing a prostitute in From Here to Eternity (1953).