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JIMMY "SCHNOZZOLA" DURANTE - CONTRACT SIGNED 04/19/1963 - HFSID 263105

JIMMY DURANTE Jimmy Durante signs a document agreeing for the William Morris Agency to represent him for three years. Partly Printed Document Signed: "Jimmy Durante" as Actor, 4p, 8½x11, front and verso. New York, New York, 1963 April 19.

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JIMMY DURANTE
Jimmy Durante signs a document agreeing for the William Morris Agency to represent him for three years.
Partly Printed Document Signed: "Jimmy Durante" as Actor, 4p, 8½x11, front and verso. New York, New York, 1963 April 19. The actor/comedian enters into a three-year contract with the William Morris Agency for a period of three years, beginning July 27, 1963. Durante agrees to pay the standard ten percent commission. The contract lists four people who will personally supervise Durante's business during the duration of the contract. Also signed by an Agent of the William Morris Agency, Inc. During the term of this contract, Durante appeared as Smiler Grogan in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), was the guest host of The Hollywood Palace (1964-1970), was a "Mystery Guest" on What's My Line? (1965), co-presented the Oscar for Best Documentary at the 37th Annual Academy Awards and played Humpty Dumpty in the made-for-TV production, Alice Through the Looking Glass. Jimmy Durante (1893-1980), known to family, friends and fans as "The Schnozzola" because of his Cyrano-sized nose, began his career as a piano player on the Lower East Side of New York City. He and his partners, dancers Eddie Jackson and Lou Clayton, had become overnight sensations on vaudeville, and Durante later lent his talents to films, radio and television as well as being a popular performer in nightclubs and on stage. His act included telling jokes, playing the piano and singing in his raspy voice. Two of his most popular songs were "Inka Dinka Doo" and "Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey?", and Durante was also well known for his trademark sign off line, "Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are." Durante was an active life member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He often performed pro bono (the proceeds that would have been his pay went to the Children's Fund). All he asked in the way of pay was that people, "Help Da Kids". Lightly creased. Staple holes and 2 file holes at upper blank margins. Ink marks (unknown hand) at upper right corner of first page and lower left corner of last page. Fine condition.

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