Williamsburg Nostalgia Fest

HILDEGARDE (Real Autograph on zerox paper)

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HILDEGARDE (born Hildegarde Loretta Sell in Adell, Wisconsin) for 70 years was known simply as "The Incomparable Hildegarde," a title bestowed on her by columnist Walter Winchell. During the peak of her popularity in the 1930s and 40s, she was booked in cabarets and supper clubs at least 45 weeks a year. She appeared on the cover of LIFE magazine in 1939, and her recordings sold in the hundreds of thousands. Revlon even introduced a Hildegarde shade of lipstick and nail polish.

From the 1950s through the 1970s, in addition to her cabaret performances and record albums, she appeared in several television specials and toured with the national company of the Stephen Sondheim musical "Follies." Hildegarde accompanied herself on the piano and chatted between numbers, often poking fun at herself.

She attended an old-time radio convention in 1993 while performing at Manhattan's Algonquin Hotel. It was at the convention that she signed autographs for fans. This is not a glossy photo, but rather a zero copy of a photo. She did sign this paper so the autograph is legit, not a copy.

I only have this one, sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.