Comedian, SHECKY GREENE signed photo, inscribed to Kaye Ballard
Autographed photo signed by comedian Shecky Greene inscribed to actress, singer, and comedienne, Kaye Ballard (1925-2019) with the inscription,
"Kay* / I wont be, truly, / in show biz. / until I work / with you - - / love.. / Shecky / Greene" in black ink.*Note: For a time, Kaye dropped the "e" from her name and went by "Kay Ballard."
This photo, in a plastic case, was hanging on a wall in a room in Kaye Ballard's home - along with dozens of other signed celebrity photos - at the time of Kaye's passing on January 21, 2019. (See attached photo of the wall in Kaye Ballard's home that highlights the placement of this photo on Kaye's wall.) The photo with the case measures approx. 8.25" x 10.25" x 1". The plastic case has scuff marks and shows some wear. The photo itself measures 8" x 10" and is in very good condition. Photo was removed from plastic case, scanned, and re-inserted in plastic case (see photos).
A certificate of authenticity (COA) issued by the Kaye Ballard Estate will be provided upon request.
ABOUT SHECKY GREENE
Shecky Greene (born Fred Sheldon Greenfield) is an American comedian. He is known for his nightclub performances in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he became a headliner in the 1950s and '60s. He has appeared in several films, including Tony Rome, History of the World, Part I, and Splash. In television, he has guest-starred on such television shows as Love, American Style and Combat!, and later Laverne & Shirley and Mad About You.
Greene had planned to become a gym teacher, but he had been performing comedy in Chicago at mob-run nightclubs and at various venues in the upper Midwest, and started his comedy career at the Prevue Lounge in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he worked for six years. From there, he went on to showrooms in Miami, Chicago, and Reno/Lake Tahoe before an agent persuaded him to move to Las Vegas and open in 1954 for Dorothy Shay, "the Park Avenue Hillbillie", at the Last Frontier. His act was held over for 18 weeks, a first for that venue. When the MGM Grand Hotel opened in 1975 with Dean Martin as headliner, the second headline act was Shecky Greene whose salary at one point climbed to $150,000 a week and quipped that $125,000 went to "my bookmaker".
Greene played Carnegie Hall and appeared on TV variety show The Ed Sullivan Show, which he says he hated because "They'd rush you on and off". He played Pvt. Braddock for a year on Combat! and guested on The Joey Bishop Show, The Love Boat, and played Lou Carnesco in two episodes of The Fall Guy. He appeared in "Members Only", a fourth-season, 1985 episode of the action TV show The A-Team. Greene was widely respected by his peers, including Johnny Carson who was a longtime fan. Greene made 40 appearances on The Tonight Show on which he also served as a guest host. He appeared on The Merv Griffin Show serving as a guest host on that show as well. He notes that he gave Arnold Schwarzenegger and Luciano Pavarotti their first national television exposure. He also appeared on Match Game and Tattletales (with his first wife Nalani Kele) in the 1970s.
Beginning in 2003, and lasting for six years, Greene suffered from panic attacks and stage fright rendering him unable to perform. In 2009, in Las Vegas, Greene returned to performing.
Offstage, Greene's main passion was Thoroughbred racing. A horse named Shecky Greene (1970–1984) was the 1973 American Champion Sprint Horse and the front-runner for nearly seven furlongs in the 1973 Kentucky Derby until Secretariat ran off with the race. As of 2016, Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Illinois, outside Chicago still holds a Shecky Greene Handicap race.
+ + + + +PLEASE NOTEItems will be shipped from Indiana. Items for sale were in Kaye’s home at the time of her passing. They were collected from her home and shipped to an executor of her estate who resides in Indiana. As shipments arrive in Indiana from Kaye’s home in Rancho Mirage CA, it is determined which items are able to be sold and those items are listed for sale.
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Comedian Shecky Greene signed photo
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