LAURA LA PLANTE. Sepia tone 7.2 x 10 head and shoulders book-weight portrait, with printed biography below, removed from the 1930 edition of “Stars of the Photoplay, ” signed and inscribed in green fountain pen, “June 24, 1961/To John -/All the best/Laura La Plante.” Image by Freulich. A signed image of Rod La Rocque appears on the reverse side. One faint bend to the top right corner tip; otherwise very fine condition. John Verzi collection. The peppy actress was one of Universal Pictures’ top stars in the 1920s, appearing in dramas, comedies and mysteries. With the transition to talkies, she starred and sang in the first screen version of Show Boat (1929). In 1931, she relocated to England, where she appeared in a half-dozen so-called “quota quickies.” There she met British film producer Irving Asher, marrying him in 1934 and fairly promptly retiring from the screen.