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Reference No: 10602
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Price: £20.00
  Esther Ralston

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Lovely American actress, a star of silent films who, at her peak, was packaged and publicized as "The American Venus" by showman Florenz Ziegfeld after appearing as a dazzling beauty queen in the film of the same name in 1926.

Ralston made nearly 100 films over three decades, first breaking into silent films as a teenager, After several unbilled roles, she went on to become one of filmdom's highest-paid silent stars in scores of dramas, comedies and westerns (notably opposite Hoot Gibson and Tom Mix). Outside of her "American Venus" lead, other early roles were as Mrs. Darling in the silent classic Peter Pan (1924) and as the Fairy Godmother in A Kiss for Cinderella (1925).

Ralston made a successful transition to sound, making her first talkie as in Sawdust Paradise in 1928.  She went on to appear in the title role in The Case of Lena Smith (a "lost" film directed by Josef von Sternberg, 1929), Betrayal (starring Emil Jannings and Gary Cooper, 1929) and the romantic musical The Prodigal (opposite Metropolitan opera star Lawrence Tibbett, 1931)

 She also made some excellent films in England, appearing opposite Basil Rathbone in After the Ball (1932) and Conrad Veidt in Rome Express (1932).

Ralston returned to Hollywood in 1933 and was put under contract to MGM. This proved a mistake. After rejecting the monstrous Louis B. Mayer's sexual advances, she was loaned out for "B" pictures and her film career declined.

After supporting roles in Tin Pan Alley (1940) and San Francisco Docks (1940), she retired from the big screen and thereafter appeared on stage and in radio soaps.

This is a very pretty vintage 1930s glossy sepia postcard, nicely signed and inscribed in blue fountain pen ink across the image. In very good condition.