Lot 954: Vintage matte-finish 10.75 x 13.5 full-length photo of Dietrich as Catherine the Great from the 1934 film The Scarlet Empress, signed and inscribed in green fountain pen, "Marlene, to Dot, with love." Reverse bears a J. Philip Allen ownership stamp. In fine condition, with a crease to lower right (passing through a single letter of the signature), a light surface impression, and slight wear to corner tips. Dorothy 'Dot' Ponedel was a successful makeup artist for Paramount Pictures throughout the 1930s, and is credited as being the first woman to be admitted into the makeup union at the behest of stars like Dietrich and Mae West. In 1940 she would leave MGM to become the exclusive makeup artist for actress and friend Judy Garland.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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