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Wallace Reid His Life Story SIGNED by his mother SCARCE

Sold ! This book is no longer for sale (sold on 2008-11-18)
Price : US $42.00



Wallace Reid His Life Story SIGNED by his mother SCARCE Wallace Reid His Life Story SIGNED by his mother SCARCE Wallace Reid His Life Story SIGNED by his mother SCARCE Wallace Reid His Life Story SIGNED by his mother SCARCE



Up for auction is a scarce book entitled 'Wallace Reid: His Life Story' as related by his mother Bertha Westbrook Reid. His mother was an actress and his father was also in the theater. Wallace got his first acting role in 1910 ('The Phoenix') when he was 19 years old. He appeared in more than 200 silent films and became a very big star after taking a salary cut in 1915 to appear in a minor role in 'The Birth of a Nation'.


In 1919, while working on location in Oregon on 'The Valley of the Giants' he was injured in a train wreck. In order to keep on filming he was prescribed morphine for his pain, to which he became severely dependent. His health worsened and in 1922 he caught the flu, went into a coma and died. He was 31. He was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


This is a first edition published by Sorg Publishing Company in 1924. The book is in very good condition despite soiling to the front cover (see scans). The interior pages and 10 photos are clean and bright with no soiling or tears. Bertha’s bold signature on the inside cover includes her location 'New York City'. (Note: the autograph on Wallace’s photo opposite the title page is a pre-print).


This is a very scarce item, only two copies appear on the web ($75-160) and neither are signed.


There is no reserve and the bidding will begin at $14.50.



Sold ! This book is sold (sold on 2008-11-18)



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