Rare 11x15 page from a guestbook which was dated May 5, 1950. Unique list of guests from entertainment industry all signed in fountain pen. This would look great framed.
Signatures in order on page:
Barbara Cushing Paley was an American socialite
and style icon, whose second husband was the founder of CBS, William S. Paley.
She was known by the popular nickname "Babe" for most of her life. She was named
to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1958. Long after her
death, Babe Paley remains an icon in the world of fashion and style. "Babe Paley
had only one fault," commented her one-time friend Truman Capote. "She was
perfect. Otherwise, she was perfect."
William S. Paley was the chief executive who built Columbia Broadcasting
System (CBS) from a small radio network into one of the foremost radio and
television network operations in the United States
Berthe Frédérique "Quique" Jourdan.........Wife of Louis Jordan
Gene (Tierney) Cassini was an American film and stage actress. Acclaimed
as a great beauty, she became established as a leading lady. Tierney was best
known for her portrayal of the title character in the filmLaura (1944), and was
nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as Ellen
Berent Harland in Leave Her to Heaven (1945).
Oleg Cassini was an American fashion designer born to an aristocratic
Russian family with maternal Italian ancestry. He came to the United States as a
young man after starting as a designer in Rome, and quickly got work with
Paramount Pictures. Cassini established his reputation by designing for films.
He gained additional renown by designing for First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. "The
Jackie Look" was highly influential in American design. Cassini's designs such
as the A-line, sheath and the empire strapless dresses continue to be
influential. He was inspired by sports and Native American culture.
Cole Porter was an American composer and songwriter. Born to a wealthy
family in Indiana, he defied the wishes of his domineering grandfather and took
up music as a profession. Classically trained, he was drawn towards musical
theatre. After a slow start, he began to achieve success in the 1920s, and by
the 1930s he was one of the major songwriters for theBroadway musical stage.
Unlike many successful Broadway composers, Porter wrote the lyrics as well as
the music for his songs. After a serious horseback riding accident in 1937,
Porter was left disabled and in constant pain, but he continued to work. His
shows of the early 1940s did not contain the lasting hits of his best work of
the 1920s and 30s, but in 1948 he made a triumphant comeback with his most
successful musical, Kiss Me, Kate. It won the first Tony Award for Best Musical.
Charles Brackett was an American novelist, screenwriter, and film
producer. He was awarded the French Medal of Honor. He was a frequent
contributor to the Saturday Evening Post, Collier's, and Vanity Fair, and a
drama critic for The New Yorker from 1925 to 1929.
Cobina Wright (20 September 1887 – 9 April 1970) was an American opera
singer and actress who appeared in The Razor's Edge(1946). She gained later fame
as a hostess and a syndicated gossip columnist. Wright was also known as Esther
Cobb, Esther Johnson, and Esther Cobina.
Mary Sanford was an American actress. She began her career as a child
actress playing on the Broadway stage from 1910. In 1926 she played "Poppy" in
the smash hit and controversial play The Shanghai Gesture, in which Florence
Reed played her mother (known as "Mother Goddam"). Reed's character kills her
daughter in a startling end to the play. This play was turned into a very
sanitized film in 1941 with Gene Tierney. Duncan's last film appearance was in
the 1933 film Morning Glory, which starredKatharine Hepburn.
Laddie Sanford was one of America's best known Polo Players at the time
Dolly Davis was a French film actress.
Luther Davis (August 29, 1916 – July 29, 2008) was an American play- and
screenwriter. In collaboration with Charles Lederer, Robert Wright, and George
Forrest, Luther Davis wrote Kismet, Timbuktu!, and two different treatments of
Vicki Baum’s novel Grand Hotel(At the Grand for the Los Angeles and San
Francisco Light Opera Association and the Broadway musical version, Grand Hotel,
The Musical). He received two Tony Awards in 1954 (with Lederer) for Kismet as
Best Author (Musical) and as co-author of the book contributed to the Best
Musical win. He was nominated again in 1978, for Most Innovative Production of a
Revival, as producer of Timbuktu!, and in 1990 as author of the Best Book
(Musical) for Grand Hotel, The Musical. He wrote fifteen movies, many television
specials and co-produced Stephen MacDonald’s Off-Broadway play, Not About
Heroes. He won two Mystery Writers of America Edgar Awards and was nominated
many times by the Writers Guild of America and the League of American Theatres
Joan Bennett Wanger was an American stage, film and television actress.
Besides acting on the stage, Bennett appeared in more than 70 motion pictures
from the era of silent movies well into the sound era. She is possibly
best-remembered for her film noir femme fatale roles in director Fritz Lang's
movies such as The Woman in the Window(1944) and Scarlet Street (1945).
Walter F. Wanger was an American film producer active in filmmaking from
the 1910s to the turbulent production of Cleopatra in 1963. Wanger developed a
reputation as an intellectual and a socially conscious movie executive who
produced provocative message movies and glittering romantic melodramas. Wanger
was strongly influenced by European films, and made many productions geared
towards international markets. His career began at Paramount Pictures in the
1920s and led him to work at virtually every major studio as either a contract
producer or an independent. Wanger served as president of the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences from 1939 to October 1941 and from December 1941 to
Joan Fontaine - Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland (October 22, 1917 –
December 15, 2013), known professionally as Joan Fontaine, was an
English-American actress. Fontaine began her career on the stage in 1935 and
signed a contract with RKO Pictures that same year. In 1941, she received an
Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her role in Rebecca, directed by
Alfred Hitchcock. The following year, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress
for Hitchcock's Suspicion (1941), making Fontaine the only actor to ever win an
Academy Award in a film directed by Hitchcock. Fontaine and her elder sister
Olivia de Havilland are the only set ofsiblings to have won lead acting Academy
Awards. During the 1940s to the 1990s, Fontaine continued her career in roles on
the stage and in radio, television and film. She released her autobiography, No
Bed of Roses, in 1978. After a career spanning over fifty years, Fontaine made
her last on-screen appearance in 1994.
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Nice Reggie - Reginald Gardiner (27 February 1903 – 7 July 1980) was an
English-born actor in film and television and a graduate of the Royal Academy of
Dramatic Art. His parents wanted him to be an architect, but he insisted on a
career as an actor. He started as a super on stage and eventually became
well known on the West End stage. He was also well known to wireless listeners
and was known on air for his amusing train and car noises. Gardiner started film
work in crowd scenes, making his big film break in 1926 in the silent film The
Lodger, by Alfred Hitchcock. Moving to Hollywood, he was cast in numerous roles,
often as a British butler. One of his most famous roles was that of Schultz in
Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator. He also performed memorable turns as the
spurned "almost-husband" in The Doctor Takes a Wife and Christmas in
Connecticut. On 4 October 1956, Gardiner appeared with Greer Garson as the first
two guest stars in the series premiere of NBC's The Ford Show, Starring
Tennessee Ernie Ford. He made other guest appearances on television sitcoms of
the 1960s, including Fess Parker's ABC series, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and
Stanley Holloway's Our Man Higgins. He also appeared in the 1964 Perry Mason
episode, "The Case of the Ugly Duckling," as business owner Albert Charity, and
in an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents("Banquo's Chair"). His last major
role was alongside Phyllis Diller in her 1966-1967 ABC series, The Pruitts of
Southampton. He also recorded a curious and eccentric classic called "Trains"
which was regularly played on a 1950s British radio program calledChildren's
Favourites. This record consisted of Gardiner, sounding slightly tipsy, reciting
a monologue about steam railway engines (which he claimed were 'livid beasts')
and impersonating both the engines themselves and the sound of trains running on
the track. This latter he famously characterised as 'diddly-dee, diddly-dum' to
mimic the sound pattern as the four pairs of bogie wheels ran over joins between
the lengths of track. (A sound no longer heard since welded rail joins were
introduced.) "Trains" was released as a 78 and 45 by English Decca Records (F
5278) which remained on catalogue into the 1970s. At the end of the record,
Gardiner signs off with "Well folks, that's all: back to the asylum." He was
summoned to Buckingham Palace to give a performance in person.
Louis Jourdan was a French film and television actor. He was known for
his suave roles in several Hollywood films, including The Paradine Case (1947),
Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948),Gigi (1958), The Best of Everything (1959),
The V.I.P.s (1963) and Octopussy (1983). He played Dracula in the 1977 BBC
television production Count Dracula, and played Dr. Sorell in the TV films Fear
No Evil and Ritual of Evil.
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