A Loretta Young group of signed items, one to Louella Parsons

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Lot 1230
A Loretta Young group of signed items, one to Louella Parsons

US$ 600 - 800
£ 450 - 600
A Loretta Young group of signed items, one to Louella Parsons
Comprising an 11 x 14 in. silver gelatin photograph of Loretta Young signed and inscribed to gossip columnist Louella Parsons: "To Louella– / always my / affection– / Loretta Young." Though Parsons announced to the world in 1937 that Young was adopting a little girl, she may or may not have suspected the truth when it was later revealed that Young had actually given birth to the child in 1935, and Clark Gable was the father. This situation would have destroyed Young's career and thus, her livelihood, and she kept up the falsehood to the public until her dying day. Parsons' power as a Hollywood columnist meant that most stars kowtowed to her in order to maintain good publicity. Together with two signed 11 x 14 in. photographs and a Typed Letter Signed ("Loretta Young"), 1 p, 8vo, Beverly Hills, March 28, 1951, to L. Allan Smith, on monogrammed stationery and with original transmittal envelope. Accompanied by 2 vintage 8 x 10 in. portraits, one signed by both Loretta Young and David Manners.
Provenance: photo inscribed to Louella Parsons is originally from the estate of Louella Parsons.
Photos: 11 x 14 in.
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A Loretta Young group of signed items, one to Louella Parsons
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