BLANCHE YURKA

Vintage 8×10 matte finish black and white chest-up studio portrait, boldly signed and inscribed in blue fountain pen, “Good luck to you/Sapper Brown!/Cordially -/Blanche Yurka/as/Herself.”  Accompanied by a second photo of the actress as Ma Barker in Queen of the Mob (1940), annotated but not signed by her.  Very fine condition, with slight mounting remnants on the reverse side, while the second photograph has slightly trimmed borders.  A noted stage tragedienne, Blanche Yurka ignored films (except for two early silent screen appearances) until 1935, when she gave a stunning performance as the vengeful Madame De Farge in A Tale of Two Cities. Although she would make nearly two dozen more onscreen appearances, she would never again be offered a role worthy of her talent.

$100