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Vintage original 11 x 14” (28 x 35 cm.) double weight glossy silver gelatin still photo, USA. Alice grew up in Hollywood and graduated from Hollywood High. She started her show biz career as a script girl and secretary first to Josef von Sternberg, then to Charlie Chaplin. She began making films for First National in 1927 and, with her bubbly personality, was promoted to stardom. She appeared in numerous early talkie musicals, among them GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1928). In which she played the role of Dorothy Shaw in the first version of this story. During 1930, White played in four films for First National---PLAYING AROUND, SHOWGIRL IN HOLLYWOOD, SWEET MAMA and WIDOW FROM CHICAGO. This original portrait was made for one of those films. It is blind stamped on the bottom right margin by photographer Elmer Fryer, his ink stamp is also on the back, as are the ink stamps, “Alice White, starring in First National Pictures,” and “Feb 18, 1930.” Alice in stunning beaded and feathered headdress and dance leotard poses against a great art deco background.

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