AMANDA "MISS KITTY" BLAKE - CONTRACT SIGNED 03/03/1964 CO-SIGNED BY: MILTON M. GROSSMAN - HFSID 168999
Sale Price $573.75
AMANDA "MISS KITTY" BLAKE
Blake signed this contract in 1964 to hire Milton M. Grossman of the Milton M. Grossman Agency as her agent
Carbon contract signed: "Amanda Blake" in ink as Artist on page 4. 4pages, 8½x11, front and verso. Los Angeles, California, 1964 March 3. "Standard AFTRA Exclusive Agency Contract Under Rule 12-B" in which Blake retains the Milton M. Grossman Agency of Los Angeles as her "sole and exclusive Agent in the transcription, radio broadcasting and television industries..." for a period of three years, commencing on March 3, 1964. She agrees to pay the Agency a sum equal to ten percent of "all money or other consideration received". Also signed: "Milton M. Grossman" as Agent for the Agency. In the year she signed this document, Blake was appearing in her most famous role, "Miss Kitty", on TV's hit Western, Gunsmoke. Blake (1929-1989), born Beverly Louise Neill, is best remembered as Kitty Russell, hostess of the Long Branch Saloon in the long-running TV Western Gunsmoke (1955-1974; she left the show before its final season). She was nominated for Golden Globes for Best Actress - Drama for the role in 1969 and 1970 and for the Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe in 1971. Blake, who had been signed by M-G-M in 1949, made her film debut in 1950, the year she was first cast opposite her future Gunsmoke co-star, James Arness, in Stars in My Crown. Her feature film credits also include Sunny Side of the Street (1951), Lili (1953), A Star is Born (1954) and High Society (1955). Blake, who made guest appearances on TV shows from 1952 (Schlitz Playhouse of Stars) to 1983 (Hart to Hart), also starred in several made-for-TV movies, including 1987's Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge, a "reunion" film. Lightly toned. Lightly creased with mid-horizontal fold, not at signatures. Staple holes at upper left corners, 2 pinhead-size holes and ¼-inch tears at upper edge from removal of staples. 2 file holes at upper margins. Otherwise in fine condition.
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