LUDMILLA TCHERINA

Scarce vintage signature in purple fountain pen on a 5×3 white index card. Fine condition, with a small magazine photograph affixed at the top right corner and an area of light toning in the upper left quadrant above the signature. This signature was part of the John Verzi collection, but is one of the autographs that he acquired from another collector. Ludmilla Tcherina was an acclaimed ballerina who came to prominence performing the choreography of Serge Lifar in France. She later began appearing in film, gaining praise for her performances in The Red Shoes (1948) and The Tales of Hoffman (1951). She also appeared in such rather more clunky films as Mata Hari’s Daughter and Sign of the Pagan (both 1954). After retiring from performing, she became an artist and sculptor of some note and also published two novels.

$45