Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0031124: LYDA ROBERTI

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Extremely rare vintage brown fountain pen signature on a 3x5-inch tan card, part of a horde of in-person signatures acquired around Hollywood by an indefatigable autograph hound in the 1930s and 1940s, decorated with a foil star and a small image of the star. In fine condition for its age, with two minor areas of surface loss below the writing. 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.