Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #003112622: BILL "BOJANGLES" ROBINSON

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Scarce and fantastic vintage linen finish portrait, doing his famous "stair dance" routine, measuring an impressive 10.5 x 13.5 inches, warmly signed and inscribed in black fountain pen to columnist Jimmy Starr in 1937. In good condition, with slightly trimmed borders, for framing purposes. Legendary Black dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson revolutionized traditional "buck and wing", flat-footed tap, performing on the balls of his feet with a shuffle-tap style which allowed for more improvisation. He created a unique, jazz-inspired musical sound with his tapping and thralled audiences with his marvelous "stair dance," which involved tapping up and down a flight of steps both backwards and forwards.  In his later years, Robinson was a frequent character actor in musicals, typically cast as butlers or servants. His best-loved films were the four in which he was teamed with Shirley Temple:  The Little Colonel (1935), The Littlest Rebel (1935), Just Around the Corner (1938), and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938).