JOAN CRAWFORD - CONTRACT SIGNED 08/16/1950 - HFSID 72851
Sale Price $510.00
Academy Award-winning actress Joan Crawford signed this contract with Warner Brothers in 1950. Crawford was incapacitated when she signed this, and Warner Brothers said that would still pay her during this period in exchange for extending her contract by an amount equal to the length of her incapacity.
Contract signed "Joan Crawford" and by an assistant secretary at Warner Brothers Pictures, Inc., both in blue ink. 2 pages, 8¼x10¾, on Warner Brothers letterhead. Aug. 16, 1950. Addressed to Miss Joan Crawford, c/o MCA Artists, Ltd., Burbank, California. According to this contract, Crawford was incapacitated and unable to fulfill the terms of a 1947 employment contract that she signed with Warner Brothers. The studio stated that they wouldn't exercise their option not to pay her during her incapacity. However, they would extend her contract for a period equal to the period of her incapacity. Crawford (1904-1977, born Lucille Fay LeSueur in San Antonio, Texas) shot to stardom on the strength of 1928's Our Dancing Daughters, starring as Diana "Di" Medford, a role originally intended for Clara Bow. The film was hugely successful, and MGM soon doubled her salary and began featuring her name on marquees. Unlike so many stars of the period, Crawford successfully made the transformation from the silents to the sound era, although she preferred the silents. Crawford, originally a professional dancer, had made her film debut in 1925. She won a Best Actress Academy Award for Mildred Pierce (1945) and was nominated for Best Actress Oscars for Possessed (1947) and Sudden Fear (1952). A tell-all memoir, Mommie Dearest (1978, later made into a feature film), by her daughter Christina, portrayed Crawford as unfeeling and ruthlessly ambitious. However, Crawford was a faithful correspondent with her large fan base. Lightly toned, creased and rippled. Crawford's signature is lightly smeared and spotted in places but legible. Staple holes in upper left corner. Page 1 is missing upper left corner. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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