BURGESS MEREDITH - CONTRACT SIGNED 09/19/1945 CO-SIGNED BY: ANNA SOSENKO - HFSID 82907
BURGESS MEREDITH and ANNA SOSENKO Actor Burgess Meredith and radio and theatre producer Anna Sosenko signed this contract in 1945 to have Meredith appear on the radio show The Raleigh Room, produced by Sosenko. Contract signed "Anna Sosenko" in blue ink and "Burgess Meredith" in black ink.
Sale Price $357.00
BURGESS MEREDITH and ANNA SOSENKO
Actor Burgess Meredith and radio and theatre producer Anna Sosenko signed this contract in 1945 to have Meredith appear on the radio show The Raleigh Room, produced by Sosenko.
Contract signed "Anna Sosenko" in blue ink and "Burgess Meredith" in black ink. 1 page, 8½x13½. Sept. 19, 1945. Addressed to Sosenko Prodcutions, Inc., Hotel Plaza, New York City. According to this contract, Meredith was to appear as a guest on the Oct. 9, 1945 broadcast of the radio show The Raleigh Room from 10:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. for $1,500. Meredith starred as real-life war journalist Ernie Pyle in The Story of G. I. Joe in 1945. The movie premiered on July 13, 1945, about two months after this contract was signed. MEREDITH (1907-1997, born Oliver Burgess Meredith in Cleveland, Ohio), who made his stage debut in 1929 and his film debut in 1936 (Winterset, reprising his stage role), was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor for The Day of the Locust (1975) and Rocky (1976). Meredith appeared in feature films as both a character and lead actor, and his credits include Of Mice and Men (1939), Advise and Consent (1962), In Harm's Way (1965), Hurry Sundown (1967), Foul Play (1978), Grumpy Old Men (1993) and its sequel Grumpier Old Men (1995). He was also a frequent guest TV performer, appearing in a number of made-for-television movies and on Playhouse 90 (1957), The Twilight Zone (1959, 1961, 1963), Bonanza (1967), The Monkees (1968) and Batman, in one of his most memorable roles, "The Penguin" (series and film, 1966). A business manager and producer in an industry dominated by men, SOSENKO (1909-2000, 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, Sosenko probably knew more of the great stars of the theatre of the last 60 years than anyone. Lightly toned and creased. Sosenko's signature has smeared and bled lightly in places but is legible. Folded four times and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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