RARE OLIVER HARDY OVERSIZED SIGNED PHOTO AUTOGRAPH
Rare and beautiful image of Oliver Hardy, oversized photo measuring 10 ½ x 13 ½” . Inscribed in black fountain pen “Best Wishes Always Bronnie Oliver Hardy 1930” Back of photo reads “CREDIT STAX”
Oliver Hardy (born Norvell Hardy; January 18, 1892 – August 7, 1957) was an American comic actor famous as one half of Laurel and Hardy, the classic double act that began in the era of silent films and lasted over 31 years, from 1926 to 1957.
11 X 17 CLASSIC MOVIE POSTER FOR “COOL HAND LUKE” SIGNED BY THE ONE AND ONLY HOLLYWOOD LEGEND PAUL NEWMAN.SIGNED IN BLUE FELT TIP. ACCOMPANIED WITH A COA FROM TRISH HESSEY AUTOGRAPHS. THIS IS A VERY HARD TO FIND ITEM, COOL HAND LUKE AUTOGRAPHED POSTERS ARE NOT FOR SALE EVERYDAY.
Vintage glossy 7.5 x 9.25 photo of Bolger as the Scarecrow, signed and inscribed in fountain pen “To Charles K. Stumpf, All the best, Ray Bolger.” Three binder dings to right edge, paperclip impression along top edge, and some scattered surface marks and creases, otherwise fine condition.
Although he had racked up numerous stage and screen credits, rubber-legged song-and-dance man Ray Bolger will forever be remembered by children of all ages as the Scarecrow who accompanies Dorothy, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion to the Emerald City in search of “The Wizard of Oz” in that 1939 MGM classic.
A tall, slender man whose physical capacities as a dancer often mystified audiences (he was so lithe as to appear double-jointed), the Massachusetts native began his career in vaudeville. Although generations came to know him through his musical roles, Bolger first and foremost considered himself to be a comic actor, skills he first honed with the Bob Ott Musical Comedy Repertory in the early 1920s and later as part of a vaudeville act. In 1926, he was spotted by Gus Edwards who hired him as a comedian for the Broadway show “A Merry World”. Other stage roles followed, most notably as the lead in the Rodgers and Hart classic “On Your Toes” (1936), introducing the now famous “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue” number. Based on the strength of that performance, he was signed to a film contract by MGM.
Clark Gable’s mother died when he was seven months old. At 16 he quit high school, went to work in an Akron (Ohio) tire factory and decided to become an actor after seeing the play “The Bird of Paradise”. He toured in stock companies, worked oil fields and sold ties. In 1924 he reached Hollywood with the help of Portland, Oregon, theatre manager Josephine Dillon, who coached and later married him (she was 17 years his senior). After playing a few bit parts he returned to the stage, becoming lifelong friends with Lionel Barrymore. After several failed screen tests (for Barrymore and Darryl F. Zanuck), Gable was signed in 1930 by MGM’s Irving Thalberg. Joan Crawford asked for him as co-star in Dance, Fools, Dance (1931) and the public loved him manhandling Norma Shearer in A Free Soul (1931) the same year. His unshaven lovemaking with bra-less Jean Harlow in Red Dust (1932) made him MGM’s most important star. At one point he refused an assignment and the studio punished him by loaning him out to (at the time) low-rent Columbia Pictures, which put him in Frank Capra‘s It Happened One Night (1934), which won him an Oscar. He returned to far more substantial roles at MGM, such as Fletcher Christian in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind (1939). When his third wife Carole Lombard died in a plane crash returning from a War Bond drive, a grief-stricken Gable joined the US Army Air Force and was off the screen for three years, flying combat missions in Europe. When he returned the studio regarded his salary as excessive and did not renew his contract. He freelanced, but his films didn’t do well at the box office. He announced during filming of The Misfits (1961) that, for the first time, he was to become a father. Two months later he died of a heart attack. He was laid to rest beside Carole Lombard at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Born Edythe Marrener on June 30, 1918, to a poverty stricken family in Brooklyn, New York, Hayward’s childhood was difficult.She was hit by a car at the age of seven and stranded at home ina body cast for months. The experience left Hayward with a limp and painful memories of a debility she would never forget.
Hayward’s life took an unexpected turn when she was cast as the lead in a school play at age twelve. The attention she received quickly turned her into a compulsive ham. By 1935, a sexy swagger had replaced Hayward’s childhood limp, and the gorgeous seventeen-year-old possessed an hourglass figure, a brassy Brooklyn accent and a burning desire for fortune and fame. She began working as a model to help support her family, and when she was featured in the Saturday Evening Post in 1937, all of America was introduced to the red-headed siren from Brooklyn. The same year,David O. Selznick offered Hayward an audition for the part of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind. Though her lack of experience took her out of serious consideration, Hayward decided to trade in her return ticket and stay in Hollywood. After signing a contract with Warner Brothers, she changed her name to Susan Hayward.
Hayward was driven to succeed as an actress and worked virtually non-stop. Offered the starring role in Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman in 1947, Hayward dazzled both audiences and critics,receiving her first Academy Award nomination as Best Actress.Hayward received four more nominations over the next twelve years,eventually winning for her work in the wildly successful I Want to Live in 1958. Sadly, the actress’s happiness was eclipsed by the death of her husband Eaton Chalkey. And in 1972, just as she was emerging from her despair, she was diagnosed with cancer.
Refusing to surrender to the illness without a fight, Susan Hayward even managed to present the Academy for Best Actress in1974. On March 14, 1975, at age fifty-six, the irrepressible Brooklyn Bombshell died, leaving behind legions of fans all over the world. READ FROM THE SOURCE