LILLIAN ROTH

LILLIAN ROTH. 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, ” boldly signed and inscribed in blue fountain pen, “John U R so/nice +/young!/Thank u 4 your interest/Lillian Roth.” Fine condition, with two very mild handling bends. Lillian Roth made her stage debut at age seven and by her late teens was performing on Broadway in the Ziegfeld Follies. By age 19 she was in Hollywood, vivaciously singing and acting in such films as The Cocoanuts (1929) and Honey (1930). But the death of her fiance in the early 1930s led her to alcoholism and the collapse of her career. After repeated institutionalizations, she re-emerged as a nightclub singer in the early 1950s, and enjoyed great success, although her drinking had taken a heavy toll on her voice. Her tell-all autobiography, I’ll Cry Tomorrow (1954), became a runaway bestseller and a notable film, and in later years Roth returned to Broadway and to films. This image was signed in person, likely in the early 1960s.

$45