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    Helen Chandler Portrait. In Dracula, Bela Lugosi's vampire intoned the lines, "There are far worse things awaiting man - than death!" He might have been prophesying the future of his leading lady, Helen Chandler, who played Mina, the Count's great desire. Blonde, cat-eyed and ethereal, Chandler was tragically fated for real life horror - alcohol addiction, a fire that scarred her face, years in an asylum and a forlorn death (her ashes have never been claimed). Yet there was a strange magic about her as an actress, and one can see it in this 8x12 theatre profile portrait, taken in 1925, when the 19-year old Chandler was was playing on Broadway in Ibsen's The Wild Duck. The portrait, which has "White Studio New York" embossed in the lower left area, has crop marks at the top and a few surface streaks and smudges, but is still very impressive and creates a stunning impact. The verso has typed information about Chandler playing in The Wild Duck and the special matinee production of The Servant in the House at the 48th Street Theatre. The White Studio had added its stamp to the back and the actress's name has been written in pencil, along with the words "City Desk." Helen Chandler was a very popular and versatile Broadway star in the 1920s, and this piece celebrates her haunting charm and beauty before Dracula and her sad years in Hollywood.

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    April, 2006
    14th-15th Friday-Saturday
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