Unknown Photographer. SIGNED ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF ORSON WELLES. Photographer not known, no date. Photograph, 7 x 5 inches, of Orson Welles inscribed "To Arnold/Love/Orson." Welles is very young in the photograph, seated, in profile, with his right hand in the pocket of his jacket. The photograph came from the estate of L. Arnold Weissberger, 1907-1981, an attorney who represented many prominent personalities in the theater, dance, film and other arts through his law firm Weissberger and Frosch. He was named as alternate executor to his law partner Frosch in Marilyn Monroe's will. Weissberger was Welles' personal attorney from 1938 until 1949, playing a leading role in helping to manage the financial affairs of both Welles and the Mercury Players, and in the successful handling of the defamation lawsuit brought by William Randolph Hearst over Welles' film "Citizen Kane." (See Orson Welles: Rise and Fall of an American Genius by Charles Higham, Macmillan, 2002). His sister, Augusta Weissberger, became Welles' personal secretary in 1935, and later was his business manager. A superb photograph, and an important association item. In excellent condition. A copy of Weissberger's book "Famous Faces" is included with this item.
Inventory # 9624

Price: $2,250.00