ADELE ASTAIRE

Bold signature and inscription, “To John/Best wishes/Adele Astaire,” in blue fountain pen on a 6×4 pink index card.  Very fine condition, with a small magazine photograph affixed at the bottom right corner.  A pencil notation on the reverse side indicates that this autograph was obtained in person in March 1967.  John Verzi collection.  In 1905, at the tender age of nine, Adele Astaire made her vaudeville debut partnering with her younger brother, Fred. Their partnership lasted until 1932, when Adele retired from the stage. Although it was taskmaster Fred who really perfected their dance routines, it was Adele’s vivacious personality that made her the more celebrated of the siblings during their years together, and she was the toast of Broadway and London, especially when they appeared together in such Gershwin hits as Lady Be Good and Funny Face.

$25