Virginia Bruce Gilbert Condolence Letter and Christmas Card. The downfall of matinee idol John Gilbert as the most catastrophic casualty of the "Talkies" is one of Hollywood's saddest cases of a major star falling in flames. Gilbert's despondency and drinking led to a fatal heart attack January 9, 1936, at the age of 38. This lot features a 5" x 8" handwritten note from actress Virginia Bruce Gilbert, the actor's fourth wife, thanking Marian Marsh for her "sweet note of sympathy," signed in fountain ink "Virginia Bruce Gilbert" and dated January 23, 1936. Gilbert and Bruce had divorced in 1934, but her letterhead still read "Virginia Bruce Gilbert." Also in the lot is a Christmas/New Year card, picturing candle-holding choir boys and the name "Virginia Bruce Gilbert" pre-printed inside the card. The blonde, vampy-eyed Virginia Bruce had a notable Hollywood career too, starring in such films as MGM's The Great Ziegfeld (1936), Universal's The Invisible Woman (title role, 1940) and, just before her 1982 death, the title role in Paul Morrissey's "punk" transsexual comedy Madame Wang's (1981). In Excellent condition. From the Marian Marsh Archive. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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