WILLIAM HAINES

WILLIAM HAINES. Sepia tone 7.2 x 10 head and shoulders book-weight portrait, with printed biography below, removed from the 1930 edition of “Stars of the Photoplay, ” boldly signed and inscribed in blue fountain pen, “To John/Billy Haines.” Image by Ruth Harriet Louise. A pencil notation along the extreme top right edge indicates that this page was signed in person in January 1963. Fine condition, with two very mild handling bends. One of MGM’s most popular stars from the mid-1920s, William Haines essentially made the same movie over and over again, playing a shallow, self-centered young cutup who was redeemed in the final reel by the love of a good woman. He made a successful transition to sound but, still being cast, at age 30, as 20-year olds, was beginning to look a little long in the tooth. He was released from MGM in 1932, allegedly for refusing to give up his long-term relationship with his male partner, and started a second highly successful career as interior decorator to the stars. Signed images are rather scarce.

$85