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ITEM: You are bidding on a 1963 cheesecake view of Shirley Jones (later to become best known as Shirley Partridge) from her early starlet career, dating to the 1963 TV series sitcom "The Courtship of Eddie's Father". This shows off Jones in mod and charming costuming and pose. A whimsical and masterful view by Virgil Apger, this measures 8" x 10".
Press snipe on verso as seen, a little bit of bleed from the ink into the image, that displays much less in person than in the scans. We have come into an extraordinary collection of antique Hollywood photographs and memorabilia and are happy to combine multiple wins at no additional cost. 100% guaranteed original and vintage.
CONDITION: This vintage original photograph is in fine condition with the slight impression from the text on back as mentioned. 100% guaranteed vintage and original.
Mini Biography Named after child star Shirley Temple, Shirley Jones started singing at the age of six. She started formal training at the age of 12 and would dream of singing with her idol, Gordon MacRae. Upon graduating from high school, Shirley went to New York to audition for the casting director of Rodgers & Hammerstein. Taken by Shirley's beautifully trained voice, Shirley was signed as a nurse in the Broadway production of "South Pacific". Within a year, she would be in Hollywood to appear in her first film Oklahoma! (1955) as Laurey, the farm girl in love with cowboy Gordon MacRae. Oklahoma! (1955) would be filmed in CinemaScope and Todd-AO wide-screen and would take a year to shoot. After that, Shirley returned to Broadway for the stage production of "Oklahoma!" before returning to Hollywood for Carousel (1956). But by this time, musicals were a dying art and she would have a few lean years. She would work on television in programs like "Playhouse 90" (1956). With a screen image comparable to peaches-n-cream, Shirley wanted a darker role to change her image. In 1960, she would be cast as the vengeful prostitute in the Richard Brooks dramatic film Elmer Gantry (1960). With a brilliant performance against an equally brilliant Burt Lancaster, Shirley would win the Oscar for Supporting Actress. But the public wanted the good Shirley so she was cast as "Marion", the librarian, in the successful musical The Music Man (1962). Robert Preston had played the role on Broadway and his performance along with Shirley was magic. Shirley would again work with little Ron Howard in The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963). But the movies changed in the 60's and Shirley's image did not fit so she would see her movie career stop in 1965. There were always nightclubs, but Shirley would be remembered by another generation as "Shirley Partridge" in the television series "The Partridge Family" (1970). While the success of the show would do more for her stepson, teen idol David Cassidy, it would keep her name and face in the public view for the four years that the series ran. The show still plays in reruns. After the show ended, Shirley would spend the rest of the 70's in the land of television movies. The television movie The Lives of Jenny Dolan (1975) (TV) would be made as a pilot for a series that was not picked up. In 1979, Shirley appeared in a comedy show called "Shirley" (1979), but the show lasted only one season. Shirley would appear infrequently in the 80's and in video's extolling fitness and beauty at the end of the decade. IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Fontana
Virgil Apger was born in Indiana on June 25, 1903.
Apger got his start from his brother-in-law, the studio photographer Eugene Robert Richee. He assisted Richee for a time and then went to work for MGM in 1931 doing the same thing Richee had done for years. He was an assistant to Clarence Sinclair Bull for awhile. Soon Jean Harlow requested him to shoot photos on "China Seas". He is noteworthy in Oscar history as well for being the only photographer to receive an Academy Award for "Mrs. Miniver" in 1942 for Production Stills. Later, he was put in charge of the portrait gallery in 1947 for MGM, superseding C. S. Bull in that department.
He had a long career photographing stars on the set of great classics and as a portrait photographer, photographing many sexy shots of Ava Gardner in fishnet stockings and leotards. Gardner was one of his favorite subjects. Their work together is comparable to that of Hurrell's work with Crawford or that of Bull's work with Garbo but with more sexuality, glamour and a friendly sort of approachability.
Some of the many films he did still photography for are: "Spinout", "Bells Are Ringing", "That Forsyte Woman," "Julia Misbehaves", "A Date with Judy", "Homecoming", "Eyes in the Night," and the all time classic favorite, "The Wizard of Oz."
He also took photos of Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Harlow, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Marlon Brando, Arlene Dahl, Ann Blyth, Clark Gable, Deborah Kerr, Ginger Rogers, Judy Garland, Lana Turner, Hedy Lamarr, Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, and the Marx Brothers among others.
He retired from MGM in 1969.
He died at the ripe old age of 90 in San Diego, California on May 19, 1994.
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