Lili Damita Vintage’20s Moody Dramatic European Silent Film Photograph Jazz Age

Lili Damita Vintage'20s Moody Dramatic European Silent Film Photograph Jazz Age

Lili Damita Vintage'20s Moody Dramatic European Silent Film Photograph Jazz Age

We are honored to be your one-stop, 5-star source for vintage pin up, pulp magazines, original illustration art, decorative collectibles and ephemera with a wide and always changed assortment of antique and vintage items from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Mid-Century Modern eras. All items are 100% guaranteed to be original, vintage, and as described. All sell no reserve! ITEM: This is a 1920s vintage and original BRFX film photograph of European silent film star Lili Damita. Appearing on the silent screen in both Germany and France, Damita would eventually be lured to Hollywood by Samuel Goldwyn in 1928. A mysterious and dreamy composition, Damita is photographed in profile wearing a flowing gown as she ever so slightly tilts her head back, eyes closed, as she raises her hands in invocation. This sublime pictorialist portrait comes from the personal collection of Damita’s estate and dates to her time acting in French silent films. Measures 9 1/4″ x 11 3/4″ on a glossy double weight paper stock. Please use the included images as a conditional guide. Lili Damita (July 10, 1904 March 21, 1994) was a French actress who appeared in 33 movies between 1922 and 1937. Born Liliane Marie-Madeleine Carré in Blaye, France, she was educated in convents and ballet schools in several European countries, including France, Spain andPortugal. At 14, she was enrolled as a dancer at the Opera de Paris. By the age of 16, she was performing in popular music halls, eventually appearing in the Revue at the Casino de Paris. She also worked as a photographic model. Offered a role in film as a prize for winning a magazine beauty competition in 1921, she appeared in several silent films before being offered her first leading role in Das Spielzeug von Paris (1925) by Hungarian-born director Michael Curtiz. She was an instant success, and Curtiz directed her in two more films: Fiaker Nr 13 (1926) and Der Goldene Schmetterling (1926). Damita continued appearing in German productions directed by Robert Wiene (Die Grosse Abenteuerin; 1927), G. Pabst (Man Spielt nicht mit der Liebe; 1926), and British director Graham Cutts (The Queen Was in the Parlour; 1927). In 1928, at the invitation of Samuel Goldwyn she went to Hollywood, making her American debut in a film titled The Rescue. Leased out to various studios, she appeared with stars such as Gary Cooper, Maurice Chevalier, Laurence Olivier, Cary Grant, and James Cagney. Her films included the box office successes The Cock-Eyed World(1929), the semi-silent The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1929), and This Is the Night (1932). In 1935, she married a virtual unknown who would become Hollywood’s biggest box office attraction, Errol Flynn, with whom she had a son, Sean Flynn (born 1941). Following the marriage, she retired from the screen. The couple divorced in 1942. Barbara Hershey portrayed her in the TV film My Wicked, Wicked Ways [1985] based on Errol Flynn’s autobiography. While living in Palm Beach, Florida, Damita married Allen Loomis, a retired Fort Dodge, Iowa dairy owner, and spent part of each year living there. During the Cambodian Civil War (Khmer Rouge Reign), her son Sean Flynn was working as a freelance photo journalist under contract to Time magazine when he and fellow journalist Dana Stone went missing on the road south of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on April 6, 1970. DNA testing was conducted on remains found in Cambodia and turned over to the U. Embassy in March 2010. However, the results, released June 30, 2010 by JPAC, showed the remains were not those of Sean Flynn. Lili Damita died of Alzheimer’s disease on March 21, 1994, in Palm Beach, Florida, aged 89. She was interred in the Oakland Cemetery in Fort Dodge, Iowa, her second husband’s hometown. The item “Lili Damita Vintage’20s Moody Dramatic European Silent Film Photograph Jazz Age” is in sale since Thursday, August 18, 2016. This item is in the category “Entertainment Memorabilia\Movie Memorabilia\Photographs\Pre-1940\Black & White”. The seller is “grapefruitmoongallery” and is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This item can be shipped worldwide.
  • Size: 9 1/4″ x 11 3/4″

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