Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0031124: LYDA ROBERTI

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Extremely rare pencil signature on a 2x5-inch portion of a pale blue autograph album page, acquired in-person by inveterate collector Rosanne Deerdorff Ochoa in 1935.  In good condition for its age, with gentle wear and a minor stain to the lower edge.  Polish-born trapeze artist-turned-singing comedienne Lyda Roberti starred in a number of frothy Hollywood musicals of the 1930s, typically cast as glamorous man-eaters.  She was especially funny in Eddie Cantor's The Kid from Spain (1932) and W.C. Fields' Million Dollar Legs (1932).  Roberti briefly replaced Thelma Todd in a series of Hal Roach comedy shorts, opposite Patsy Kelly, before her fatal heart attack at the age of 31.  Autographed material in any format is virtually nonexistent.