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CECIL B. DEMILLE - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 10/20/1953 - HFSID 84256

Check issued to deMille and his wife, Constance, written in 1953, the year he won the Academy Award for Best Picture for his 1952 film, The Greatest Show on Earth, and produced another feature film, The War of the Worlds.

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CECIL B. deMILLE
Check issued to deMille and his wife, Constance, written in 1953, the year he won the Academy Award for Best Picture for his 1952 film, The Greatest Show on Earth, and produced another feature film, The War of the Worlds.
Check signed: "Cecil B. deMille", 8¼x3. Hollywood, California, 1953 October 20. Check No. 15443, drawn on his personal account at the Bank of America, Los Angeles Main Office, payable to Constance A. DeMille and Cecil B. DeMille for $223.21. Noted to be for "City-county taxes" ($190) and "Social Security Witholding Tax" ($33.21). Stamped endorsement on verso. In 1953, deMille won the Academy Award for Best Picture for his 1952 film, The Greatest Show on Earth. He was also the uncredited Executive Producer of The War of the Worlds, which was released in 1953. DeMille was married to his wife, the former CONSTANCE ADAMS, from August 16, 1902 until his death on January 21, 1959. During their 56-year marriage, deMille had long-term affairs with two actresses, Jeanie Macpherson (who was also a co-founder of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) and Julia Faye, who appeared in more of deMille's films than any other actress (beginning with 1939's Union Pacific). The deMilles had one daughter and adopted another daughter and two sons. CECIL BLOUNT DEMILLE (1881-1959) won an Academy Award for Best Picture for The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), for which he was nominated for the Best Director Oscar, and he was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture for The Ten Commandments (1956). DeMille, who produced his first film (The Squaw Man) in 1914 and his last (The Buccaneer) in 1958, crafted several Westerns, such asThe Plainsman (1937) and other films, including The Greatest Show on Earth, but he is best known for producing and directing epic films (both silents and "talkies") inspired by the Bible and other themes of antiquity. These include The Ten Commandments (both the 1923 and 1956 versions), The King of Kings (1927), Sign of the Cross (1932), Cleopatra (1934) and Samson and Delilah (1949). He also produced such films as Adam's Rib (1923), The Volga Boatman (1926), The Buccaneer (1938), Union Pacific (1939), Reap the Wild Wind (1942) and The War of the Worlds (1953). DeMille, who appeared in several of his films, also wrote the stories and plays upon which several films were based. He also hosted and directed Lux Radio Theatre from 1936-1945, and DeMille was one of the 36 co-founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Cancellation holes touch the "C" and "c" of Cecil and the "B" of signature. Light show through of bank stamp on verso (not at signature). Fine condition.

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