Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00323212: VICTORIA SHAW

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Highly scarce vintage inscribed signature on a 4x6-inch pale orange autograph album page, acquired in-person in 1964 by inveterate collector Edward Gellman.  In good condition.  Dubbed "The Face", the knockout Australian model and leading lady was discovered by Bob Hope during a trip down under in 1955.  After Hope helped her land a contract at Columbia, she proved enchanting in a mixed bag of westerns, crime and mystery flicks, dramas, and comedies, including Return of the Plainsman (1953), The Eddy Duchin Story (1956), The Crimson Kimono (1959), and the sci-fi gem Westworld (1973).  Alas, despite considerable talent and popularity with audiences, she never seemed to get the right parts and was constantly plagued with medically inexplicable health problems.  The latter led to her loss of the leading role in William Castle's horror film Homicidal (1961), which instead went to Patricia Breslin.  Shaw died at the age of 53, due to a severe bout of asthma, and her autograph is extremely uncommon in any format.