Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00571: TUESDAY WELD

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Scarce vintage inscribed signature in red fountain pen on a 3x5-inch tan card, acquired in-person by inveterate collector Irene Geller and decorated with a small magazine image.  In good condition, with just a hint of toning.  A leading teen ingĂ©nue of the 1950s and 1960s, Weld gained popularity as Thalia Menninger on T.V.'s "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" (1959-1962), schlockmeister Albert Zugsmith's Sex Kittens Go to College (1960) and The Private Lives of Adam and Eve (1960), Return to Peyton Place (1961), and Elvis' Wild in the Country (1961).  In 1962, she turned down the plum title role in Stanley Kubrick's Lolita in order to study her craft at the Actors' Studio, and after holding her own opposite Steve McQueen and Jackie Gleason in 1963's Soldier in the Rain, she announced she would no longer accept teenage roles.  However, they were all that continued to come her way, and, after a two-year hiatus from the screen, she resurfaced in 1965's I'll Take Sweden as Bob Hope's adolescent daughter.  Eventually, Weld did manage to recreate herself as an intriguing, offbeat leading lady, memorable in The Cincinnati Kid (1965), George Axelrod's little-seen satiric gem Lord Love a Duck (1966), Pretty Poison (1968), A Safe Place (1971), Play It As It Lays (1972), Who'll Stop the Rain? (1978), Thief (1981), and Once Upon a Time in America (1984).  She was nominated for an Oscar for Looking for Mr. Goodbar in 1977.  Despite considerable talent, she gradually withdrew from the screen, making only a handful of movie appearances in the 1980s and 1990s.