LILLIAN ROTH

Definitive vintage 11×14 double-weight satin finish black and white bust publicity portrait by Maurice Seymour, boldly signed and inscribed in black fountain pen, “To Evan Magna/the sweetest things in/life come in small packages/Love/Lillian Roth/Vanities 1931.”  Near very fine condition, with partially trimmed vertical borders.  This image captures singer/actress Roth at age 21.  Having already appeared in such films as The Love Parade (1929), Honey, and Animal Crackers (both 1930), she was also a regular Broadway fixture in several editions of Earl Carroll’s Vanities.  Her personal life and career would soon be derailed by alcoholism, a story detailed in her autobiography, “I’ll Cry Tomorrow,” subsequently filmed in 1955.  In the 1950s, Roth made a modest comeback and would appear several times on Broadway, her voice a mere shadow of what it had been at her youthful peak.  This is, hands down, the best signed photograph of Roth that I have ever seen.

$175