Holm, Eleanor

In-person signature during 1933 Chicago May Company appearance

Price: $15.00

Description:
(1913-2004) Colorful American competitive swimmer, 1932 Olympic gold medalist. She was suspended from the 1936 Olympic team after she attended a cocktail party on the ship taking her to Germany. She went on to have a high-profile celebrity career as an actress, singer, socialite and interior designer, and co-starred in a Hollywood "Tarzan" film. Winning her 1st national swimming title at 13, she competed in the 1928 Olympics finishing 5th in her specialty, the 100m backstroke. She won several US titles in the 300-yard medley. At the Los Angeles 1932 Olympic Games, she won gold in the 100-meter backstroke. She was given screen tests immediately after the games were over. Competing as Eleanor Holm Jarrett (her married name), she was selected for the 1936 Berlin Olympic team. After a drinking party aboard the ship transporting the team, Holm was found, according to the team doctor, in a state approaching a coma. Team leader Avery Brundage promptly suspended her from the Olympic team. Holm, admitting to having had a few drinks, subsequently maintained that her suspension arose from a personal grudge held by Brundage. Her teammates petitioned unsuccessfully to overturn the suspension. Though she would appear in at least 4 films as herself, Holm appeared in only one Hollywood feature film, starring opposite fellow Olympian Glenn Morris in the 1938 film "Tarzan's Revenge." In 1939, a year after Jarrett divorced her, she married her lover, impresario Billy Rose, who had divorced first wife Fanny Brice. At the 1939 New York World's Fair, she did 39 shows a week at Rose's "Aquacade", co-featured with Tarzan actor and swimming star, Johnny Weismuller, later with Buster Crabbe. In 1954, she divorced Roseóreceiving $30,000/month ($263,457 today) in alimony and a lump sum of $200,000 ($1,756,382 today) to be paid in 10 yearly installments. Several months later she married Thomas Whalen, an oil-drilling executive. 6 1/4 x 4 1/2 buff colored, green-printed folded souvenir brochure of Holm's appearance as Hostess at the May Company Tea Room in Chicago on April 6 1933, her publicity portrait on the front. The inside page reads: "I have returned from my exciting trip across the country with Warner Brothers' 42nd Street Special and am now hard at work at the studio, but I couldn't resist taking the afternoon off to meet you all in person. I am so glad to be Hostess for the May Company today, and to have met you. Sincerely, [signature]." Inscribed at top "to Philip Schnering", son of Chicago Curtiss Candy (Baby Ruth, Butterfinger) founder, Otto Schnering. Philip Schnering was, interestingly, selected for the US men's water polo team in the cancelled 1940 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Condition: Very good lower right corner of cover clipped (possibly as issued), slight vertical crease passes between "o" and "l" of signature, mount remnants on verso (4th page)
Type:Signed Brochure






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