Nita Naldi Autographed Portrait and Publicity Portrait. The silent screen had no more lethal a vamp than Nita Naldi (1897-1961), whose dark beauty tormented two great stars in two classic films: John Barrymore in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) and Rudolph Valentino in Blood and Sand (1922). Giving every impression of emerging from some haven of European debauchery, Nita was actually Anita Donna Dooley of New York City, a Ziegfeld showgirl whose cinema image slinked its wicked way into male fantasies and wives' nightmares. Then came the Sound era - and Nita's New York accent put her out of the movie business. This lot incudes a wonderful 11" x 14" autographed portrait of Nita, signed twelve years after her final film - "To Allan Brock My most most and Bestest Etc. Nita Naldi." Also included is an 11" x 14" close-up of Nita in Egyptian headdress from Lawful Larceny (1923). The autographed portrait has the photographer's stamp on the back, and the publicity photo has the original snipe and is stamped "A .William Eglinton Photograph. Courtesy of Paramount Pictures." The autographed portrait as a small crease at the top of the left corner, far from the image - otherwise both items are in Excellent condition. Here's an evocative silent film name at her deliriously seductive best! With COA from PSA/DNA.

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    April, 2006
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