HELEN TWELVETREES

Charming vintage 1930s glossy 8×10 black and white bust studio portrait, boldly signed and inscribed in black fountain pen, “Best regards to Tillie/Helen Tweivetrees.”  Fine condition, with a tiny blue spot in the background just above her head and scattered mild handling and thumbing bends that do not substantially detract from overall appearance.  A popular leading lady of the early talking era, Helen Twelvetrees ground out four modest weepies a year through 1934, cast opposite such leading men as Spencer Tracy, Phillips Holmes, Chester Morris, John Barrymore and Robert Young. But a succession of mediocre scripts wore out her box office appeal, and by 1939 her screen career had petered out. Thereafter, she would continue to make sporadic stage appearances through 1951, ultimately committing suicide in 1958 at age 49. Signed photographs are quite uncommon.

$180