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    "Hollywood Tragedies" Vintage Photos. This lot offers a gallery of 12 haunted and haunting faces, all of Hollywood Golden Age stars who died tragically. The dozen 8" x 10" portraits include Olive Thomas, who died in 1920 after allegedly drinking syphilis medication mixed with alcohol; Jack Pickford, Olive's husband at the time (and Mary Pickford's brother), who died in 1933 of neuritis brought on by alcoholism; Mabel Normand, silent screen-comedy great, who died in a sanitarium of tuberculosis in 1930; Lou Tellegen, formerly Sarah Bernhardt's leading man and movie matinee idol, who died in 1934 after stabbing himself with a pair of scissors; John Gilbert, greatest catastrophe of the "Talkies," who died of a heart attack in 1936; Thelma Todd, sexy blonde comedy actress, whose mysterious death by carbon monoxide poisoning in 1935 has never been officially explained; Peggy Shannon, blonde film actress who died of alcoholism in 1941 at age 30 (her husband shot himself to death 19 days later on the spot where he'd found her body); Buck Jones, famed cowboy star, who burned to death in the Coconut Grove fire in Boston in 1942; Sidney Fox, Bela Lugosi's leading lady in Murders in the Rue Morgue, who overdosed on pills in 1942; Lupe Velez, "Mexican Spitfire" actress, who overdosed on Seconal in 1944; Glenn Miller, legendary band leader, who died in a plane crash in 1944; and opera star Grace Moore, who died in a plane crash in 1947. The Tellegen and Gilbert photos have secretarial signatures; several have notations on the borders. Overall condition is generally Very Good.

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    Auction Dates
    April, 2008
    7th Monday
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