MAY McAVOY. Black and white 7.5 x 10.7 book-weight chest-up portrait, with printed biography below, removed from the 1924 edition of “Stars of the Photoplay, ” signed and inscribed in turqoise fountain pen, “To John -/With every good wish/Sincerely/May McAvoy, “ and dated June 24, 1961 in her hand in the top border. Fine condition, with very mild border creasing and two tiny tears in the bottom border. Silent screen leading lady May McAvoy appeared in dozens of films during her heyday in the 1920s, including Ben-Hur (1925), and received second billing to Al Jolson in the groundbreaking The Jazz Singer (1927). She retired from the screen following her marriage in 1929, but following her divorce in 1940 she returned sporadically in bit roles over the next two decades just for the fun of it. John Verzi collection.