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ESTHER WILLIAMS - CONTRACT SIGNED 08/04/1948 - HFSID 275218

ESTHER WILLIAMS "America's Mermaid" signs a three year contract with the William Morris Agency, Inc. in 1948; the following year, she would be one of America's top ten box office stars Carbon Partly Printed Contract signed: "Esther Williams" in ink as Artist on page 4, 4p, 8½x11, front and verso.

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ESTHER WILLIAMS
"America's Mermaid" signs a three year contract with the William Morris Agency, Inc. in 1948; the following year, she would be one of America's top ten box office stars
Carbon Partly Printed Contract signed: "Esther Williams" in ink as Artist on page 4, 4p, 8½x11, front and verso. Beverly Hills, California, 1948 August 4. Headed: "Standard AFRA Exclusive Agency Contract/Under Rule 12-A". Williams contracts with the William Morris Agency to be her "sole and exclusive Agent in the broadcasting industry within the scope of the regulations of the American Federation of Radio Artists". The contract was for a term of three years, commencing on September 30, 1948. Williams agrees to pay the agency a commission of ten percent of "all monies or other consideration received by the Artist". Also signed by an Agent of William Morris Agency, Inc. In 1948, Williams was seen on the big screen in On an Island With You. During the term of this contract, she starred in several feature films: Take Me Out to the Ballgame and Neptune's Daughter (both 1949), Duchess of Idaho and Pagan Love Song (both 1950) and Texas Carnival (1951). Esther Williams (1921-2013) was a world-renowned swimming champion when she was spotted by an M-G-M talent scout in an aquacade. Hoping that their new discovery would surpass the popularity of 20th Century-Fox's skating queen Sonja Henie, M-G-M began grooming Williams for stardom, completely refashioning her third film, the modest 1944 Red Skelton comedy Mister Bride, into the Technicolor superspectacular Bathing Beauty. For the next decade "America's Mermaid" 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 --Williams was among the top ten box office stars in 1949 and 1950-M-G-M went out of its way to make her swimming sequences more complex and elaborate with each new picture. Williams was married to her third husband, actor Fernando Lamas, from 1969 until his death in 1982. Slightly creased. Staple holes and rust stains at upper left corners, file holes at upper blank margins. Fine condition.

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