DOROTHY DANDRIDGE - DOCUMENT SIGNED 07/26/1957 CO-SIGNED BY: LEW SCHREIBER - HFSID 341621
Sale Price $637.50
DOROTHY DANDRIDGE and LEW SCHREIBER
Extremely rare signature from the actress on an amendment to her contract with Twentieth Century Pictures to cancel her previously slated filming schedule for an upcoming film. Also signed by studio manager Lew Schreiber!
Document signed: "Dorothy Dandridge", "Lew Schreiber", 2 pages, 8½x11. Unknown signature on stamp. July 26, 1957. Beverly Hills, California. Agreement between Twentieth Century Pictures and the actress to cancel her requirement to appear on set for an upcoming film, further stating that she shall be compensated $15,000. Dorothy Dandridge (1922-1965) may have been born a generation too soon. Most of her early film roles were stereotyped African-American parts. Not until the film Carmen Jones, for which she became the first black American nominated for a Best Actress Oscar, was her talent fully recognized. Dandridge was a fine singer, who had performed on stage as a child with sister Vivian. She was a popular nightclub singer. Halle Berry, who played Dandridge in a 1999 HBO movie, thanked her in her remarks upon becoming the first black Best Actress Oscar winner 3 years later. Dandridge didn't live to hear those remarks. Swindled by her financial advisers and struggling to help her daughter, brain damaged from birth, Dandridge died from an overdose of an anti-depressant drug in 1965. Originally a casting director on films like Les Miserables(1935) and One in a Million (1936), LEW SCHREIBER (1900-1961) eventually worked his way up to studio manager of the Los Angeles Twentieth Century Fox, becoming the second hand man of the motion picture company. He was often in charge of contacting the superstars of the company to inform them of production details or company standards. His death in 1961 was one in a long line of hardships Twentieth Century Fox followed between 1961 and 1962; Another was the death of producer Jerry Wald and the stroke of producer Darryl Zanuck. Staple holes in top margin. Light surface creases. Lightly toned. Corners slightly worn and creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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