Booth, Shirley

Celebrated stage, screen & TV actress, won an Oscar, 2 Emmys, & 3 Tonys

Price: $95.00

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(b. Marjory Ford, 1898-1992) Stage, film, radio and television actress, began her Broadway career in 1925. She won her 1st Tony Award in 1950 for “Come Back, Little Sheba” and would win 2 more. She made her film debut, reprising her role in “Sheba” for which she won the 1952 Best Actress Oscar and Best Actress Golden Globe. She preferred the stage, and made only 4 more films. From 1961-66, she played the title role in the sitcom “Hazel” and won 2 Emmys. She was later acclaimed for her performance in the 1966 TV production of “The Glass Menagerie”. Her final role was as Mrs. Claus in the 1974 animated Christmas TV special, “The Year without a Santa Claus”. When a teen, her family moved to Hartford, where she was involved in summer stock, dropped out of school, and went to New York to pursue a career. She initially used the name "Thelma Booth" when her father forbade her to use the family name professionally, later changed to Shirley Booth. Her Broadway debut was in 1925 in “Hell’s Bells” with Humphrey Bogart and she first attracted major notice in the comedy hit “Three Men on a Horse” which ran 1935-37. During the 1930s-40s, she acted with Katherine Hepburn in “The Philadelphia Story” (1939), originated the role of Ruth Sherwood in the 1940 Broadway production of “My Sister Eileen”, and acted with Ralph Bellamy in “Tomorrow the World” (1943). Booth also starred on the popular radio show “Duffy’s Tavern” 1941-43. She received her 1st Tony for Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for “Goodbye, My Fancy” (1948). Her 2nd Tony was for Best Actress in a Play, for “Comeback, Little Sheba” (1950). She was the 1st actress to win a Tony and an Oscar for the same role. Her success was immediately followed by the musical “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” (1951), another major hit. After filming “Sheba” in 1952, she returned to New York to play in “The Time of the Cuckoo” which got her a 3rd Tony Award. Her 2nd starring film, “About Mrs. Leslie” with Robert Ryan (1954) had good reviews but poor receipts. She spent the next few years commuting between New York and California. On Broadway, she scored successes in the musical “By the Beautiful Sea” (1954) and the comedy “Desk Set” (1955). She returned to Broadway in 1959 for the musical “Juno”, then returned to Hollywood to star in 2 more Paramount films, “The Matchmaker” (1958) and “Hot Spell” (1958). In 1961, Booth was cast in the sitcom “Hazel”, an immediate hit. Over its 5 years, Booth won 2 Emmys and was nominated for a 3rd. Her final Broadway appearances were in a revival of Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever” and the musical “Look to the Lilies”, both in 1970. In 1979, she was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame. SP, 10 x 8 bust flat finish portrait of a youthful Booth, likely while in “Come Back, Little Sheba”, nice dark signature.

Condition: Very good
Type:Photograph






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