Liberace [Wladziu Valentino Liberace]. (1919–1987)
Signed Photograph to the Lighting Designer at the Palace Theatre
Signed Warner Brothers promotional photograph of the famous American pianist and vocalist in the 1955 romantic comedy Sincerely Yours. Liberace has inscribed to David Bines, the longtime lighting designer at the Palace Theatre, in characteristically bold fashion, writing "To David Bines, my friend! / Sincerely yours, / God Bless You! / Liberace / May 3, 1957" in black felt tip. Beneath his signature, Liberace has added an illustration of his trademark candelabra atop a grand piano. Mounting remnants to corners, overall in fine condition. 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.).
David Bines worked for 22 years as production manager for RKO Theaters, principally at the flagship Palace in New York City. Prior to that, he found work staging dance numbers at New Haven’s Paramount, Boston’s Keith, Providence’s Fay’s, and Hartford’s State theaters. The great headliners of the day appeared at the Palace, and Bines guided Lauritz Melchior, Betty Hutton, Alan King, Jerry Lewis, Liberace and Harry Belafonte through their appearances there. His greatest triumph came in the early 1950s when Judy Garland gave one show-stopping performance after another. Bines also worked with Danny Kaye for ten years, handling the production and especially the lighting of Kaye’s highly original and successful shows.