LOUISE CLOSSER HALE

Vintage 7.5 x 9.5 matte finish light sepia tone chest-up studio portrait, boldly signed and inscribed in black fountain pen, “My/best/smile for/dear Edna -/Louise Closser/Hale/’32.  Slightly trimmed borders; otherwise very fine condition.  With a substantial Broadway career under her belt, Louise Closser Hale went to Hollywood at age 57 in 1929, appearing in 30 films over the next four years — including Platinum Blonde (1931), Shanghai Express (1932), and Dinner at Eight (1933) — until her death at age 61 in 1933, usually cast as a severe, sharp-tongued matron. Autographed material in virtually any format is extremely scarce.

$225