BUSBY BERKELEY - ANNOTATED DOCUMENT SIGNED 01/02/1963 - HFSID 217839
Sale Price $450.00
Director Busby Berkeley filled out this form in 1963 to retain his membership in the Directors Guild of America. Matted to 18¾x14¾ in a black-and-white matte with a 4½x6½ b/w photo of Berkeley.
Annotated document signed "Busby Berkeley". Blue ink date stamp in bottom left corner and red and blue ink notations in unknown hand. 1 page, 8¼x10¾ (visible), matted to 18¾x14¾ in a black-and-white matte with a 4½x6½ b/w photo of Berkeley. Jan. 2, 1963. Berkeley had to fill in this form to maintain his membership with the Directors Guild of America, Inc. He reported his 1962 earnings as a member of the Guild to be $16,000 - 1 percent of which, or $160, had to go to the Guild for membership dues. Berkeley's income, at least as a director, appeared to be growing. He reported his dues from the previous year as $100, meaning he earned $10,000 or so as a director in 1961. This document also has Berkeley's Palm Desert, California address. Director and choreographer Busby Berkeley (1895-1976, born William Berkeley Enos in Los Angeles, California) is famed for his spectacular musical production numbers, featuring scores of chorus girls. Beginning with hit Broadway musicals in the 1920s, Berkeley moved to films with the advent of sound, producing hit musical films like 42nd Street (1933). When not choreographing and directing musical extravaganzas, he proved a skilled director of serious dramas like They Made Me a Criminal (1939). At age 75, he came out of retirement to direct a Broadway revival of No No Nanette. Not matted in Gallery of History style. Items were not evaluated outside matte. "As is" matting purchase. Lightly toned, stained and creased. Folded thrice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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