Ben Lyon began (1901-1979) his career as an actor on Broadway. He starred in a number of Hollywood movies, notably 1930's Hell's Angels. Following the decline of his acting career he became a studio executive with 20th Century Fox.
It was while working at 20th Century Fox that Lyon discovered a young actress, Norma Jeane Dougherty, renamed her Marilyn Monroe, organised her first colour screen test, and signed her to her first studio contract. Of Monroe, he is quoted as saying that she was "Jean Harlow all over again".
Lyon married Bebe Daniels (1901-1971) in 1930, at the height of his success. Daniels was a star in her own right, carving out a career as a child actress in Hollywood's silent movies. She made over 230 films during her career and, from the 1950s, worked on radio and television to much acclaim in England.
This beautiful photograph shows the successful couple bathed in soft light. The Hollywood sheen of glamour is evident; flawless skin and engaging eyes. Lyon's hair is greased back neatly, his eyebrows slightly furrowed with intensity. Daniel's hair is softly curled, her eyes and lips glossed heavily in make-up.
Sepia-toned, and mounted, the photograph measures 6½" x 4½", without mounting. Both the signatures of Daniels and Lyon feature in the bottom portion of the photograph: "Our best wishes, Bebe Daniels, Ben Lyon".
The photograph is in excellent condition, the autographs distinctly marked on the photograph's white border.