BILLIE DOVE. Sepia tone 7×10 bust book-weight portrait, with printed biography below, removed from the 1930 edition of “Stars of the Photoplay, ” boldly signed and inscribed in turqoise fountain pen, “To John -/Greetings!/Billie Dove/ 6/25/61.” Fine condition, with a small tear in the left border; a stray ink mark in the right border; and a pair of very faint handling bends in the borders. One of the top dramatic stars of the silent screen, Billie Dove’s initial performances before a microphone were somewhat stiff and tentative, but soon became more confident and dramatically credible. Rumor was that she abruptly quit films in 1932 following the release of Blondie of the Follies after William Randolph Hearst relegated much of her performance to the cutting room floor because he felt that she outshone co-star Marion Davies.