Scarce vintage 5x7-inch borderless sepia-tone portrait, boldly signed in brown fountain pen in the 1920s. In good condition for its age. Formidable British comic actress Alison Skipworth began her career-- believe it or not!-- as a classically beautiful stage actress. As the years went on and her looks withered, she entered films as a versatile character actress, exuding aristocratic hauteur from every pore. She was the ideal foil for Mae West in Night After Night (1932), and W.C. Fields in If I Had a Million (1932) and Tillie and Gus (1933). She had leading assignments as the title character in Madame Racketeer (1932), and opposite Polly Moran in the Republic programmers in Two Wise Maids (1937) and Ladies in Distress (1938). Leaving films in 1938, Skipworth returned to the stage, retiring for good in 1942. She died ten years later at the age of 88.