GARY COOPER - DOCUMENT SIGNED 03/07/1955 CO-SIGNED BY: GEORGE SCULLIN - HFSID 292086
Sale Price $680.00
Curtis Publishing signs Cooper and writer George Scullin to write a series of articles about the life of Cooper for the Saturday Evening Post.
Document signed: "Gary Cooper", "George Scullin", five pages, 8½x11. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1955 March 7. Onion skin paper, signed on page 5, containing ink signatures of Cooper and Scullin, but with no signature in the space for a representative of Curtis Publishing. In part: "Curtis desires to publish in the Saturday Evening Post a series of articles based on the life of Cooper, to be written by Scullin in collaboration with Cooper…Scullin agrees to use his best efforts to prepare a series of eight articles on the life of Cooper, of approximately 6500 words each, based on the material, incidents and other data furnished by Cooper…If Curtis rejects the articles, Curtis will pay Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000) to Cooper, and Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000) to Scullin. If Curtis accepts the articles, it will pay Twenty-Five Thousand Dollars ($25,000) to Scullin, through…his literary agent, and Seventy-Five Thousand Dollars ($75,000) to Cooper." The acting career of Gary Cooper (1901-1961), 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. Writer George Scullin seems to have worked mainly on film-related projects. He wrote The Killer, made into the film Gunfight in the OK Corral (1957), and also a novelization of the Paramount film Paint Your Wagon. Filing holes at top edge. Multiple staple holes at left edge on all. Edges creased lightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition
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