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    Million Dollar Beauty (Eugene V. Brewster, 1921). One Sheet (27" X 41"). What a unique find! Although the film is lost, and nothing known of it, the story behind this rare poster is true Hollywood lore. Corliss Palmer won the 1920 Motion Picture Magazine "Fame and Fortune" Contest without a bit of theatrical experience, exactly as Clara Bow would do a year later. Palmer was romanced by the owner of the magazine, Eugene V. Brewster, who produced and directed this film, and who gave her the full star build-up in his magazine, even promoting cosmetic lines and "health" articles by her. The result was an impressive, if brief, shot at movie stardom that reached its apex in 1926 when she appeared with Charlie Chase and Oliver Hardy in perhaps Chase's finest short, "Bromo and Juliet." Surprisingly, her career was fairly short, seemingly curtailed by the coming of sound. She made her last of only a handful of films in 1931 (after a two year hiatus), and died in the Camarillo, CA hospital for the mentally insane in 1952. This luminous image presents a glorious portrait of a tragic star, a truly beautiful silent stone litho one sheet of a 19 year old 'Hollywood Hopeful.' Very Fine/Near Mint on Linen.

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