BURL IVES - CONTRACT DOUBLE SIGNED 02/01/1948 - HFSID 158359
Sale Price $324.00
Singer and actor Burl Ives signed and initialed this one-year contract in 1948 to hire MCA Artists, Inc. as his agent for a 10 percent commission. With numerous strike-outs and typed corrections.
Contract signed "Burl Ives" and initialed "BI" on rider, all in black ink. Also signed twice and initialed once, all in blue ink, by a representative of MCA Artists, Inc. 2 pages, 8½x13, single-sided sheets, two binder holes at top edge, with an 8¼x2¾ rider stapled to page 1. Feb. 1, 1948. Ives signed this document to hire MCA as his agent from February of 1948 to March of 1949 for a 10 percent commission. This contract has numerous strike-outs and typed corrections. It was originally a seven-year contract, with MCA as Ives' exclusive manager, and Ives had language added that only he could sign contracts. Ives (1909-1995, born Burle Icle Ivanhoe in Hunt, Illinois) was both an Academy and Golden Globe winner for Best Actor (The Big Country, 1958) and a popular balladeer (Itty Bitty Tear, My Funny Way of Laughing, Have a Holly Jolly Christmas. His feature film credits include Smoky (1946, his debut), East of Eden (1955), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958, as Big Daddy), Desire Under the Elms (1959, as Ephraim Cabot), Let No Man Write My Epitaph (1960), Summer Magic (1963), The Brass Bottle and Ensign Pulver (both 1964), and Ives also starred in two popular television miniseries, Captains and the Kings (1976) and Roots (1977), as well as a number of made-for-television movies, including the animated holiday favorite, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964). Early in his career, Ives was also heard on the radio series The Wayfaring Stranger, and he later appeared in the TV series OK Crackerby (1965) and The Bold Ones: The Lawyers (1969). Lightly toned and creased. Signatures and initials touch but are legible. Staple holes at top and left edges. Staples are rusted, with rust stains on page 2. Light nick at left edge. Folded once and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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