Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #005771: PEARL WHITE

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Highly scarce vintage 3-1/3 x 5-1/3 matte-finish sepia-tone portrait, boldly signed in black fountain pen with her name alone in about 1918.  In very fine condition and charming for display. Circus equestrienne-turned-silent screen leading lady Pearl White starred in over a hundred two-reel comedies, adventures and westerns, almost always performing her own stunts-- or else replaced by slightly-built men.  She is forever remembered for her roles as the titular heroines in the Perils of Pauline and Elaine Dodge serials of 1914 through 1915, which made her more popular with moviegoers than Mary Pickford. Throughout her career, White was a heavy drinker and, by the early 1930s, she had also fallen prey to drug use.  In 1938, she died rather suddenly of cirrhosis, aged only 49, and her autograph is elusive in any format.