Nancy Carroll signed 8 x 10 photo from Paramount Pictures. Some slight creasing but overall in good condition.
Nancy Carroll (1903-1965) made her film debut in 1927 after several years on the musical stage and, later, Broadway. She became very popular upon the advent of sound because of her musical background. This red-haired, cupid-bow-mouthed star gained a large fan following with her singing and dancing abilities. She was reported to have received more fan mail than any of her Hollywood peers of the same era. As she expanded her acting range from flaming flapper to ditzy comedienne to sensitive heroine, she was nominated for an Oscar for “The Devil’s Holiday” (1930).
Nancy became one of the finest actresses to grace the silver screen. She was smitten early by the acting bug when she appeared as Fay Larkin in 1918’s RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE, after limited experience on the New York City stages at just 14. After RIDERS went absolutely nowhere, she went back to being a regular young girl with occasional acting stints, but having tasted life in front of the camera, she wanted to return someday. In 1927 she finally made her “second” film debut in LADIES MUST DRESS after being spotted in a play on the West Coast. She impressed the right people and was signed to a contract with Paramount. In 1928 she appeared in seven movies including THE WATER HOLE, MR. ROMEO, and CHICKEN A LA KING, but she established her reputation as Barbara Quayle in EASY COME, EASY GO. That film was intended as a vehicle for intensifying Richard Dix’s career; it did, and it was also a big hit, but it also made Nancy Carroll a formidable film force. Her next film was ABIE’S IRISH ROSE, adapted from the stage version that had run on Broadway for six years. Paramount shelled out $500,000 for the film rights (the highest at that time) and cast Nancy as Rosemary Murphy. She and her co-star Buddy Rogers made a lovely stage couple, but other movies with a similar theme caused the film to not be accepted well at the box office. In 1929 she had another big hit with her part in THE SHOPWORN ANGEL. It was her first (partial) “talkie” and showed the Paramount executives that she would be among those who made the successful transition from the “silent” to an exciting new medium. Later that year she made CLOSE HARMONY, Paramount’s first full talkie, and once again a hit was born. ILLUSIONS was her third pairing with Buddy Rogers; they profited from their intense popularity, but there was a sameness to their material. Also in 1929 she was nominated for an Academy Award for her luminous performance as Hallie Hobart in the highly-acclaimed THE DEVIL’S HOLIDAY. She didn’t win, but her genuine-star status was solidified; she was called a close second to Norma Shearer in THE DIVORCEE. By the time Nancy filmed HONEY, the tempo of her rise caused her to receive more fan mail than any other star: Paramount had on their hands a genuine superstar. She continued to be a big success throughout the 1930s when she made her last big picture as Grace Bristow in THAT CERTAIN AGE. She retired after its filming, but soon returned to try the infant medium of television during the 1950-1951 season of THE ALDRICH FAMILY. After that she retired permanently from film but returned to work on the stage. She was found dead of a heart attack on August 6, 1965 after she failed to report to a stage performance. She was 60.