Portrait of Clifton Webb (ii)

Portrait of Cliton Webb (ii)
Inventory
Collection Number: 
17653
Building: 
Current Location: 
Storage Room 303
Floor: 
Lower Level/Vault
Object Description
Artist: 
Artist Dates: 
1884-1982
Artist Nationality: 
American
Object Type: 
Details: 
This is a sepia-toned reproductive photograph print of Clifton Webb.
Framed: 
No
Length: 
13 inches
Width: 
0
Height: 
19 inches
Description: 

Clifton Webb's mother, with whom he lived until her death at age 91, transferred her own theatrical ambitions to the son she called "little Webb." He performed in vaudeville and on Broadway, primarily in musicals, before director Otto Preminger took notice and brought him to Hollywood to appear in the 1944 film noir "Laura". Webb earned an Oscar nomination for best-supporting actor, then two more acting nominations for "The Razor's Edge" (1946) and "Sitting Pretty" (1948). His series of roles as the starchy Mr. Belvedere supposedly mirrored his fussy, abrasive, and condescending real-life persona. His appearance in this portrait is more akin to the "little Webb" his mother envisioned, with soft eyes and a soft smile in traditional portrait posture.

Reproduce the Work in Library publications/publicity, including film or videotape: 
Yes
Make slides or videotapes for educational use: 
Yes
Permit the general public to photograph the work : 
Yes