• Deanna Durbin/Dorothy Lamour

A green page from an autograph album, dated 24th Nov 1937, signed with a fountain pen on one side by Deanna Durbin and the other by Dorothy Lamour.

Deanna Durbin was a Canadian-born, Southern California-raised singer and actress, who appeared in a number of musical films in the 1930s and 1940s singing standards as well as operatic arias. She made her first film appearance in 1936 with Judy Garland in Every Sunday, and subsequently signed a contract with Universal Studios. Her success as the ideal teenage daughter in films such as Three Smart Girls (1936) was credited with saving the studio from bankruptcy. In 1938 Durbin was awarded the Academy Juvenile Award.

Dorothy Lamour was an American film actress. She is best-remembered for appearing in the Road to... movies, a series of successful comedies co-starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. The movies were enormously popular during the 1940s, and they regularly placed among the top moneymaking films each year. While the films centered more on Hope and Crosby, Lamour held her own as their "straight man", looked beautiful, and sang some of her most popular songs. During World War II Lamour was among the most popular pinup girls among American servicemen, along with Betty Grable, Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner and Veronica Lake. She was also largely responsible for starting up the war bond tours in which movie stars would travel the country selling U.S. government bonds to the public. Lamour alone promoted the sale of over $21 million dollars worth of war bonds.

Deanna Durbin/Dorothy Lamour

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