ANNA SOSENKO - CONTRACT SIGNED 01/13/1947 CO-SIGNED BY: FLORENCE DESMOND - HFSID 82902
Sale Price $378.00
ANNA SOSENKO, CO-SIGNED: FLORENCE DESMOND
Desmond and Sosenko signed this contract in 1947 in order to have Desmond appear on an episode of Sosenko's The Campbell Room
Contract signed "Anna Sosenko" for Sosenko Productions, Inc. and "Florence Desmond" . Also signed by a representative of the William Morris Agency. With rider stapled to contract initialed "F. D." by Desmond. 1 page, 8½x13, with 8x2 rider stapled to contract. Jan. 13, 1947. Desmond signed this contract in order to appear on the Jan. 19, 1947 episode of The Campbell Room, produced by Sosenko at CBS's studios in New York City and sponsored by (what else?) Campbell Soup Company. Desmond was to be paid $500 for her appearance. Desmond was at a low point in her show biz career when she signed this contract. Her last movie before this contract was signed was 1940's Hoots Mon!, and her next movie, Three Came Home, was still three years off in 1950. The only acting credit that we can find for her at this time was a 1946 musical comedy on Broadway called If the Shoe Fits. A business manager and producer in an industry dominated by men, SOSENKO (1909-2000, born in born in New York City) produced the hit radio talk show The Raleigh Room, sponsored by Raleigh cigarettes and hosted by the entertainer Hildegarde. The show's theme song, Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup, was written by Sosenko who was also Hildegarde's manager. (The song was later made famous by Nat King Cole) Sosenko put her vast knowledge of theatre and music to work, conceiving and producing star-studded musical evenings that honored the greats of the theatre. A congenial, outspoken and intense woman, Anna Sosenko probably knew more of the great stars of the theatre of the last 60 years than anyone. DESMOND (1905-1993, born Florence Dawson in London, England) was a British actress, comedienne and impersonator. Most of her films roles were in the 1930s, but she appeared in one as late as 1969 (Some Girls Do). Lightly toned, creased and rippled. Staple in contract in upper left corner. Contract folded four times and unfolded. Contract has light tears on left edge. Top and bottom of rider have been cut from larger sheet. Rider has been folded once near left edge. Otherwise in fine condition.
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