Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0057931: MARY WICKES

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Uncommon vintage inscribed blue ballpoint pen signature on the inner lip of a holiday money card, given to a friend in the 1960s or 1970s. In good condition, with gentle toning, and nice for matting with a favorite photograph. Loud, lanky, wisecracking character actress Mary Wickes swiped scenes and delighted audiences in every medium for over 60 years. After slowly establishing herself on the Broadway stage, she was invited to Hollywood to recreate her role in the film adaptation of The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942). She went on to appear, to great comic effect, in films like Now, Voyager (1942), Who Done It (1942), Private Buckaroo (1942), My Kingdom for a Cook (1943), June Bride (1948), Moonlight Bay (1951), By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953), White Christmas (1954), The Music Man (1962), The Trouble with Angels (1966), Sister Act (1992), and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993). Wickes was particularly adroit in film parts that chided the super rich or exceptionally pious. Who could possibly forget her merciless ballet taskmaster, Madame Lamond, putting Lucille Ball through her rigorous paces at the ballet bar in a classic episode of "I Love Lucy" (1951).