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FRANK SINATRA - CONTRACT SIGNED 09/19/1955 - HFSID 255467

FRANK SINATRA Signed 1955 contract, retaining the William Morris Agency as his exclusive TV agent for a term of three years Partly Printed Carbon DS: "Frank Sinatra" in ink as Actor on last page, 6 pages, front and verso. Beverly Hills, California, 1955 September 19.

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FRANK SINATRA
Signed 1955 contract, retaining the William Morris Agency as his exclusive TV agent for a term of three years
Partly Printed Carbon DS: "Frank Sinatra" in ink as Actor on last page, 6 pages, front and verso. Beverly Hills, California, 1955 September 19. On letterhead of William Morris Agency, Inc. Headed: "Television Motion Picture Agency Contract (Artist's Manager Contract)". Sinatra employs the Agency as "his agent for television motion pictures" for a period of three years, commencing on the date the contract was signed. He agrees to pay the Agency "a sum equal to ten (10) per cent of all moneys or other consideration received by the Actor, directly or indirectly". Also signed by an Agent of the William Morris Agency, Inc. In the year he signed this contract, Sinatra appeared in four theatrical features: The Man With the Golden Arm, The Tender Trap, Guys and Dolls and Not as a Stranger. Over the term of this contract, he would appear on the big screen in Around the World in Eighty Days, Johnny Concho, High Society and Meet Me in Las Vegas (all 1956), Pal Joey, The Joker is Wild and The Pride and the Passion (all 1957) and Some Came Running and Kings Go Forth (both 1958), and he would turn down a role in The Pajama Game (1957). In 1955, Sinatra was also appearing on television, starring on Producer's Showcase on the day he signed this contract and on Toast of the Town in October. His other TV appearances during the term of this contract include Toast of the Town and The Dinah Shore Chevy Show in 1956, The Bob Hope Show, Toast of the Town and Playhouse 90 in 1957 and The Dinah Shore Chevy Show and Toast of the Town in 1958. He also hosted The Frank Sinatra Show from 1957-1958. At the time he signed this contract, Sinatra was married to his second wife, actress Ava Gardner. The couple was married from November 7, 1951 until their divorce on July 5, 1957, and Sinatra is said to have kept a photograph of the actress on his mirror long after the break-up. Multitalented actor and singer Francis Albert Sinatra (1915-1998) won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1953 (as Maggio in From Here to Eternity) and Grammy Awards for Best Pop Vocal in 1959 ("Come Dance With Me"), 1965 ("It Was a Very Good Year") and 1966 ("Strangers in the Night"). After being with the Harry James Orchestra and Tommy Dorsey, Sinatra struck out on his own, becoming the hero of a generation of "bobby-soxers". "Old Blue Eyes" was popular in venues from casinos to concert halls, and his renditions of such tunes as "My Way" and "New York, New York" are inimitable classics. "The Chairman of the Board" was equally well known for his philanthropies. He was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1970. All pages dampstained, touching signatures and printed text. Rust stain at the "F" of Frank, the "atra" of Sinatra lightly smudged. Lightly creased. ½- and 1-inch tears at blank right margin of first page, which is nicked. ¾-inch tears at upper right blank margin on remaining pages. Nicked at lower margin and blank left margin of signature page. Stamped date on first page has faded. Ink note (unknown hand) at upper right corner of first page. Stapled at upper left blank corners, 2 file holes at upper blank margins. Fragile condition.

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