Here is an extremely rare early vintage original autographed 8″ by 10″ of celebrated Hollywood talent agent and scout William Meiklejohn (1903 – 1981), from the 1940s. The only one I have ever come across. William Meiklejohn was a Hollywood talent agent and scout in the 1920s through the 1940s. At the time of the sale, his agency had over 100 actors and writers like Hattie McDaniel and Dorothy Parker. He was known for his self-avowed “seventh sense” to discover and promote stars such as Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, and in 1937 Ronald Reagan who was then a sportscaster in Des Moines, Iowa. Meiklejohn began his career in 1921 in his native Los Angeles as a booking agent for 80 different vaudeville acts. In 1940, he was loaned to Paramount for two weeks, but stayed for 20 years as head of talent and casting. In 1960, he left the studio and once again became an independent agent for the likes of Nat King Cole, Pat O’Brien, and his close friend Ronald Reagan. Meiklejohn died, aged 78, on April 26, 1981 in Burbank, California from undisclosed causes. Creases lower left, minor discoloration, minor corner and edge wear. This item is in the category “Entertainment Memorabilia\Autographs-Original\Movies\Photographs”. The seller is “pengang” and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Object Type: Photograph
- Industry: Movies