MARY BOLAND

Vintage 8×10 matte finish black and white full-length costume portrait by Vandamm Studios for an unknown theatrical production, boldly signed and inscribed in black fountain pen, “To Hortense and Jack/Sincerely/Mary Boland.”  Very fine condition.  Apart from over thirty Broadway appearances during the course of a five-decade career, the prolific character actress found time to perform in dozens of films throughout the 1930s and ’40s, memorably typecast as an addle-brained wife or society matron. She was frequently paired with Charlie Ruggles, but appeared to better effect in such films as Ruggles of Red Gap (1935), The Women (1939), and Pride and Prejudice (1940).

$85