LUDWIG DONATH

Bold signature and inscription, “To John/with best wishes/Ludwig Donath,” in blue fountain pen on a 6×4 white index card.  Very fine condition, with a small magazine photograph affixed at the bottom right corner.  Undated on the reverse side, but likely early 1960s.  John Verzi collection.  Austrian character actor Ludwig Donath fled his homeland in 1933 and emigrated to the United States, making his Hollywood debut in 1942. Over the next quarter century, he made scores of appearances in film and television, as well as on the stage, although the Hollywood blacklist interrupted his film career for close to a decade. He is perhaps best remembered as Papa Yoelson in The Jolson Story (1946) and Jolson Sings Again. (1949), although he was more often typecast in sinister roles..

$35