GARY COOPER - DOCUMENT SIGNED 02/18/1936 - HFSID 274971
Sale Price $765.00
THE SUPERSTAR SIGNS AN AMENDMENT TO HIS CONTRACT THAT GIVES HIM APPROVAL OVER STORIES, DIRECTORS, LEADING LADIES AND OTHER IMPORTANT MATTERS RELATING TO HIS FILMS
GARY COOPER. Carbon Typed Document Signed: "Gary Cooper" in ink on page 4 under "Accepted and Approved", 4p, 8½x11, separate sheets. Los Angeles, California, 1936 February 18. In letter form to Cooper regarding an amendment to Cooper's contract with Samuel Goldwyn, Inc., Ltd. In part: "It is agreed that the stories from which the photoplays contemplated in said contract are to be made shall be mutually acceptable. To this end, we will, from time to time, submit to you for your approval stories which we deem suitable. You agree that you will not unreasonably withhold your approval of any story submitted to you...It is agreed between us that it is our intention to discuss with you...the selection of director, leading lady and other important matters regarding the production of photoplays in which you appear under said contract...We may assign our right, title and interest in and to said contract, as hereby implemented, to any other person, firm or corporation acquiring all or substantially all of our assets, or to any other producer into which we may be merged...." The contract also discusses arbitration over matters which are not mutually agreeable to the actor and the studio. Also signed by a Vice President of Samuel Goldwyn, Inc., who has also initialed on a rider affixed to the signature page. In 1936, Cooper starred on the big screen in five films: Desire, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (Best Actor Oscar nomination), Hollywood Boulevard, The General Died at Dawn and The Plainsman. Gary Cooper's (1901-1961) acting career, which began with bit parts in 1925, was firmly established with his role in The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926). He steadily rose to superstar status with his screen persona of a strong, silent man of action and few words. Nominated for Academy Awards five times, Cooper won the 1942 Academy Award for Best Actor for the title role in Sergeant York, and he won the Best Actor Oscar in 1953 for the role of Marshal Will Kane in High Noon. He was also nominated for the role of Longfellow Deeds in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Lou Gehrig in The Pride of the Yankees and Robert Jordan in For Whom the Bell Tolls. Cooper was awarded a Special Academy Award in 1961 "for his many memorable screen performances and the international recognition he, as an individual, has gained for the motion picture industry." Cooper was too ill to accept the Oscar in person and his close friend, a tearful Jimmy Stewart, accepted it in his name. A month later, Cooper died of cancer at the age of 60. On thin paper. Lightly creased. Staple holes and two file holes at upper margins, staple holes also at left margin of signature page. Fine condition.
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