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GEORGE JESSEL - CONTRACT SIGNED - HFSID 178196

GEORGE JESSEL Actor George Jessel signed this undated contract to hire Fosters' Agency of London to be his manager and agent in Europe in return for a 10 percent commission. Contract signed "George Jessel" and by a representative of Fosters' Agency, both in blue ink. 2 pages, 8½x11, 1 sheet, front and verso, with two file holes at top edge.

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GEORGE JESSEL
Actor George Jessel signed this undated contract to hire Fosters' Agency of London to be his manager and agent in Europe in return for a 10 percent commission.
Contract signed "George Jessel" and by a representative of Fosters' Agency, both in blue ink. 2 pages, 8½x11, 1 sheet, front and verso, with two file holes at top edge. Addressed to Fosters' Agency, London, England. Jessel signed this undated contract to hire Fosters' Agency to be his agent, manager and representative in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and Continental Europe for period of one year in return for a 10 percent commission. Jessel (1898-1981, born in New York City), who became known as the "Toastmaster General of the United States" for his frequent role as Master of Ceremonies at entertainment and political gatherings, appeared in vaudeville (he was a partner of Eddie Cantor at age 11) and on Broadway before having a radio show, That's My Kid. Jessel, who had done several silent films for Warner Bros., starred on Broadway in The Jazz Singer, but when the studio refused to meet his salary demands for the film, he turned down the movie role, which eventually went to Al Jolson. The Jazz Singer, of course, is the first official "talkie". By 1945, Jessel, who was well known for his Broadway and nightclub work, was producing musicals for 20th Century-Fox. One of the original founding members of the California branch of the Friars Club (1946), Jessel also traveled widely to raise funds for various causes and entertained troops overseas as part of the U.S.O. In 1969, he was awarded the Jean Hershold Humanitarian Award, a special Oscar, for his charity work. Jessel, who was married to actress Norma Talmadge from 1934-1939, wrote two volumes of memoirs, So Help Me (1943) and This Way, Miss (1955), and also wrote eulogies for many of his Hollywood contemporaries. Lightly toned and creased. Carbon copy marks. Staple hole at top right corner. Otherwise in fine condition.

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