JOAN CRAWFORD - CONTRACT SIGNED 12/15/1948 - HFSID 72857
Sale Price $510.00
Academy Award-winning actress Joan Crawford signed this contract with Warner Brothers in 1948 to reduce her weekly salary so that she could buy the rights to Charles Speer's Teacher.
Contract signed "Joan Crawford" in blue ink and by an assistant secretary at Warner Brothers Pictures, Inc. in black ink. 2 pages, 8¼x10¾, single-sided sheets, on Warner Brothers letterhead. Dec. 15, 1948. Addressed to Miss Joan Crawford, c/o MCA Artists, Ltd., Burbank, California. Lightly toned, creased and rippled. Crawford's signature is lightly haloed. Warner Brother's representative signature is lightly spotted but legible. Staple holes in upper left corner. Rust stain in upper left corner of page 1. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: 1-page memo, signed by W. G. Wallace of the Trust Department, regarding Crawford's salary reduction. Lightly toned and creased. Staple holes in upper left corner. Light tear in right and left edges. Light nick at bottom edge. Otherwise in fine condition. Crawford signed this contract with Warner Brothers to buy the rights to Charles Speer's unpublished "literary material" Teacher. Her and the studio had already finagled a price for the material of $35,954.82. According to this document, Warner Brothers would deduct $2,000 from her weekly salary instead of taking a lump sum. 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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