GLADYS GEORGE. Vintage 3.5 x 5.5 glossy hand-colored chest-up publicity portrait, circa 1936, boldly signed in black fountain pen. Near fie condition, with her surname penned against the busy fabric of her dress, but readable; and several soft handling bends, one running from the left edge into her forehead, all close to invisible when the photograph is viewed head on and only slightly detacting from overall appearance when the photograph is angled into the light. Gladys George won an Oscar nomination for her first starring role, in Valiant is the Word for Carrie (1936), after which she got a brief push by MGM as a leading lady in a remake of that old weepie, Madame X (1937). Audiences failed to warm to her, however, and MGM soon cut her loose. By 1939, she was still a leading lady, but in a very low-budget affair, following which she was fairly quickly relegated to character roles, most notably, if all too briefly, as Miles Archer’s not-so-grieving widow in The Maltese Falcon (1941).