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ESTHER WILLIAMS - CONTRACT SIGNED 06/20/1960 - HFSID 274112

ESTHER WILLIAMS Esther Williams signs a document engaging the William Morris Agency as her exclusive agent for a period of one year. Document signed: "Esther Williams", 4p, 8¼x11, with stapled rider (1p, 8½x4½) at bottom of p1. Beverly Hills, California, 1950 June 20. Signed on p4.

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ESTHER WILLIAMS
Esther Williams signs a document engaging the William Morris Agency as her exclusive agent for a period of one year.
Document signed: "Esther Williams", 4p, 8¼x11, with stapled rider (1p, 8½x4½) at bottom of p1. Beverly Hills, California, 1950 June 20. Signed on p4. Williams engages the William Morris Agency as her exclusive agent for a period of one year commencing on the contract date, for 10% of the gross compensation payable during the term. Esther Williams (1921-2013) was a world-renowned swimming champion when she was spotted by an MGM talent scout in an aquacade. Hoping that their new discovery would surpass the popularity of 20th Century-Fox's skating queen Sonja Henie, MGM began grooming Williams for stardom completely refashioning her third film, the modest 1944 Red Skelton comedy Mister Bride, into the Technicolor super spectacular Bathing Beauty. For the next decade she starred in one musical comedy after another, warbling the Oscar-winning tune "Baby It's Cold Outside" in Neptune's Daughter (1949) and trading steps with Gene Kelly in Take Me Out to the Ballgame (1949). As her popularity soared--she was among the top ten box office stars in 1949 and 1950--MGM went out of its way to make her swimming sequences more complex and elaborate with each new picture. Esther Williams and actor Fernando Lamas were married from 1969 until his death in 1982. Binder holes and staples at top. Brownish stain at top of p1, showing through more lightly on succeeding pages. Overall, fine condition.

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