Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #005792: MAY WHITTY

Highly rare vintage 3.25 x 5.25-inch matte-finish black and white postcard portrait, circa 1938, the year of The Lady Vanishes, boldly signed with her name alone in black fountain pen. In fine condition. This is just the fourth autographed portrait of the star I have encountered in over three decades! Delightfully eccentric English stage and screen character actress May Whitty excelled at playing kind, but staunchly strong-minded matrons. She was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of Mrs. Bramson in the terrifying psychodrama Night Must Fall (1938) and again for her role as Mrs. Beldon in Mrs. Miniver (1942). She was also memorable as the crafty clairvoyant Rosalie La Grange in the 1937 remake of The Thirteenth Chair; Miss Froy, the titular missing person in Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes (1938); Ms. McLaidlaw in Hitchcock's Suspicion (1941); and Miss Thwaites in Gaslight (1942). In 1918, she became the first actress to be invested as a Dame Commander of the British Empire.