LYA DE PUTTI

Definitive and one-of-a-kind 10.3 x 13.5 double-weight semi-glossy silver tone chest-up studio portrait, boldly signed and inscribed in black fountain pen, “To Gittleson Brothers/with best wishes/Lya de Putti.”  Fine condition, with neatly trimmed borders; and ink skipping affecting the final three letters of her signature.  The Hungarian-born actress gained international attention as the star of the German Expressionist masterpiece, Variety, in 1925. She quickly became a globe-trotting celebrity, continuing to make films in Germany while also working in France (the lavish and impressive Manon Lescaut in 1926) and Hollywood (D.W. Griffith’s unfortunate The Sorrows of Satan that same year). Her final screen appearance was in England, where she appeared opposite Lars Hanson (both dubbed), in the 1929 version of The Informer. She died of pneumonia in 1931 at age 32. In one scene of Cabaret (1972), Liza Minnelli, walking with Michael York, spots a movie poster on a wall and gasps, “Oh! Lyd de Putti! My favorite actress!”  This is the only oversize photograph of the actress that I have ever seen

$450