A circa 1920s photograph of actress and romantic partner of William Randolph Hearst, signed Sincerely yours Marion Davies--8 x 10 in.
"Ms. Davies was very talented, especially in comedy roles, but W.R. Hearst insisted that she play fragile, innocent heroines. Due to her stutter, her career slipped with the advent of sound in film, with the 1937 financial troubles of the Hearst empire marking the end of her film career. Only after Hearst's death in 1951 did she marry for the first time."--W.M.
A postcard photograph of W.R. Hearst from the "Rotograph Series"; signed across the lower margin W.R. Hearst--5½ x 3½ in.
"In 1917 W.R. Hearst met and took an interest in the career of struggling blond starlet Marion Davies vowing to make her Hollywood's greatest star. Their romantic relationship, though shielded from newspaper publicity, was widely known. Hearst wanted to marry his protege, but was unable to obtain a divorce from his wife. In the mid- 1930s he suffered a financial set-back, and in return for his generosity Ms. Davies lent him one million dollars. Despite their age difference, their relationship seemed deep and sincere."--W.M.
A 1916 photograph of Thomas Ince, signed across the front Yours Sincerely Thomas H. Ince--10 x 8 in.--Rare.
"One of the most important figures in the history of the American cinema; director, producer and screenwriter, his talents contributed to thousands of films and introduced production procedures that helped mold Hollywood's image. On the night of November 19, 1924, Thomas Ince was mysteriously and fatally injured aboard W.R. Hearst's yacht as a group of Tinseltown luminaries cruised for a weekend of fun. The death was "officially" attributed to heart failure as a result of indigestion, but scandalous rumors persist to this day that Ince was shot by Hearst who suspected him of having an affair with Marion Davies. All witnesses (including Louella Parsons) were allegedly promised "jobs for life" in exchange for eternal silence."--W.M.