Lot 885: DS, one page, 8.5 x 11, July 26, 1947. Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation document addressed to "Miss Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jeane Dougherty)," declining to renew her contract. In part: "By reason of the failure of the Corporation to exercise the option contained in your contract of employment with us dated August 24, 1946…the term of your employment thereunder will expire on August 25, 1947, or upon completion of the services which we require you to render." Signed at the conclusion in fountain pen by Monroe and a studio secretary. In fine condition, with expected document wear and mild toning to edges. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA.This exceptionally early document terminates Monroe's very first studio contract, which she had signed with 20th Century Fox less than a year earlier; she signed the initial six-month agreement in August 1946, as stated here, which extended another six months in February 1947. It was under this deal that the young actress, under the influence of studio executive Ben Lyon, adopted the now-iconic name 'Marilyn Monroe.' In her spell as a Fox contract player she appeared in two unremarkable roles that amounted to a combined ten lines of dialogue. Interestingly, although she was dismissed from the studio with this document, she would re-sign with 20th Century Fox three years later and emerge as a bona fide star beginning in 1953. A truly exceptional document from the earliest days of Monroe's Hollywood career.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 466
Wednesday, 9th December 2015
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