MAMA LEONE'S AUTOGRAPH WALL
In 1906 Enrico Caruso talked Luisa Leone's into opening a restaurant in her family's dining room on West 34th. St. Caruso brought so many friends the first night that the other patrons were forced to sit on wine crates. Soon Mama Leone's was situated at 239 W. 48th St. in the heart of New York's theatre district and became a mainstay among New York celebrities counting among its patrons, Will Rodgers, W. C. Fields, Elizabeth Taylor (who was denied admission to the dining room in 1960 for wearing slacks!), Liberace, Joe Nameth, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower and many others. The signatures on the screen include, MARLON BRANDO, IMOGENE COCA, MICHAEL REDGRAVE, GERTRUDE VANDERBILT, CHARLTON HESTON, LEONORE ULRIC, DIANA BARRYMORE, MICHAEL O'SHEP, PEGGY HANSEN, PHILIP HUSTON, CHESTER STRATTON, GEORGE E. KELLY, GEORGE CONDEN, SIDNEY BLACKMAN, JAY BRENNAN, GILBERT BURKE, CARL HOWARD, JACK NICHOLSON [?], GLENN ANDERS, PEE WEINGARTEN, GEORE CANDER, WILLIAM ARCHIBALD, HILTON EDWARDS, CLARIE LUCE, HAZEL DAWN, GEORGE HAY, THOMAS PALMER, JOHN ARCHER, MAITLAND SMITH, OLGA BACHMAN [?], WALTER REED, DANA MILLER, ANN DELAFIELD, GLENN HUNTER, GRACE HARTMAN, TOMMY WONDER, CHARLES NOLTE, ED LOWENTHAL, CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER, RICHARD WARING, FLORENCE REED, BETTY FIELD, PETA WARNER, IRENE RICH, JACK BOLTON, FLORA ROBSEON, MARY ORR, NORMAN MACDONALD, ELEANOR ASTOR, PHILIP GORDON, COLLETTE FRANCIS, ALBERT HERTER, MONTGOMERY CLIFT, HELEN LEE RAINS, DU PREE HOFFMAN, FRANK E. BAXTER, VALERIE PETERS, THOMAS F. MEANEY and many more. From the collection of Robert E. White (1921 - 2009), former editor and publisher of the Oxford Press (Oxford, Ohio) and a long-time theatrical reviewer. The screen itself bears the expected soiling, with one panel bearing a crack at the top, else very good condition.