BELLA DARVI

Scarce vintage signature in blue fountain pen on a 6×4 white index card.  Very fine condition, with a small magazine photograph affixed at the top right corner.  A pencil notation on the reverse side indicates that this autograph was obtained in person in October 1965.  John Verzi collection.  Bella Darvi’s brief film career was one of Hollywood’s great disaster stories. “Discovered” in a Monaco casino by producer Darryl F. Zanuck, Darvi was whisked off to Hollywood in 1953 and put into three expensive productions, despite a complete lack of acting experience. Although she was awarded a Golden Globe for most promising newcomer, her films were critical and financial duds, and Darvi soon returned to Europe, where she went back to doing what she liked best: drinking and gambling. Every so often she would importune Zanuck for funds to bail her out of her latest gambling losses, but following Zanuck’s refusal to send her additional money in 1971 she committed suicide at age 43.

$50