JOAN CRAWFORD - CONTRACT SIGNED 10/01/1948 - HFSID 72847
Sale Price $510.00
Academy Award-winning actress Joan Crawford signed this contract with Warner Brothers in 1948 to modify her weekly salary during the shooting of 1949's Flamingo Road.
Contract signed "Joan Crawford" and an assistant secretary at Warner Brothers Pictures, Inc. With blue ink notations in unknown hand. 3 pages, 8½x11, single-sided pages, on Warner Brothers signature. Aug. 24, 1948. Addressed to Miss Joan Crawford, c/o MCA Artists, Ltd., Beverly Hills, California. Lightly toned, rippled and creased. Staple holes and paper clip impression at upper left margins. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: 1 page, 8½x11 carbon of the "Joan Crawford (Artist) Modification Agreement", dated October 1, 1948. Lightly toned, rippled and creased. Staple holes and paper clip impression at upper left margins. Lightly nicked at lower left corner and right edge. Ink stain near lower edge. Otherwise in fine condition. Modification of Crawford's May 20, 1947 employment contract for Flamingo Road (1949), relating to a weekly salary of $10,000. Joan Crawford portrayed Lane Bellamy in Flamingo Road. 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.
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