LEW CODY

Vintage 7×9 matte finish black and white half-length studio profile portrait, boldly signed and inscribed in black fountain pen, “To Jimmy/Sincerely/Lew Cody.”  Fine condition, with trimmed borders.  The photograph is from the collection of Hollywood columnist Jimmy Starr.  Beginning in two-reel comedies, Lew Cody quickly gained leading man status during the silent era, portraying charming rogues and dapper bon vivants in both dramas and comedies.  He made a relatively smooth transition to sound, appearing regularly until his death from heart failure in 1934 at age 50.  He was married — unhappily — to Mabel Normand, from 1920 until her own premature death in 1930.

$95