Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00542: HILDA VAUGHN

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Highly rare original vintage black and white snapshot portrait, measuring approximately 3 x 5.25 inches, boldly signed in-person for inveterate collector Frances Zane in the 1940s.  A few surface crinkles, chiefly visible when the photo is tilted toward a light source, but in good condition, overall.  Scrawny, tart-tongued character actress Hilda Vaughn excelled at playing untrustworthy or generally unpleasant maids, charwomen, governesses, and salesladies in films of the 1930s through 1950s.  Before being blacklisted by the McCarthy witch hunt of the 1950s and her early death of a heart attack at the age of 59, she was unforgettable as Jean Harlow's backmailing domestic in Dinner at Eight (1933), and in classic films like Three Live Ghosts (1929), Susan Lenox (1931), The Phantom of Crestwood (1932), Anne of Green Gables (1934), The Wedding Night (1935), The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1936), The Witness Chair (1936), Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936), Maid's Night Out (1938), and Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum (1940).