JOAN CRAWFORD - CONTRACT SIGNED 12/18/1950 - HFSID 72854
Sale Price $510.00
Academy Award-winning actress Joan Crawford signed this contract with Warner Brothers in 1950 regarding the font size of her and her co-star's names in the credits for 1951's Goodbye, My Fancy.
Contract signed "Joan Crawford" and an assistant secretary at Warner Brothers Pictures Inc., both in blue ink. 1 page, 8½x11, On letterhead of Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. Dec. 18, 1950. Addressed to Miss Joan Crawford, c/o MCA Artists, Ltd., Beverly Hills, California. Regarding the title credits for her 1951 film, Goodbye, My Fancy. In full: "It is understood that you are agreeable to our use of the following screen and advertising credits in connection with the motion picture 'GOODBYE, MY FANCY': WARNER BROS./Pictures Presents/JOAN CRAWFORD 100%/ROBERT YOUNG 100%/FRANK LOVEJOY 100%/in/'GOODBYE, MY FANCY' 100%. Therefore, that termination agreement between us dated December 11, 1950, which relates to that former agreement between us dated May 20, 1947, is hereby amended to permit the use of such proposed starring credits." Crawford, who received top billing, starred as Agatha Reed, Young played Doctor James Merrill and Lovejoy was Matt Cole in the 1951 romantic comedy. In 1950, the year she signed this document, Crawford appeared in two films: Harriet Craig and The Damned Don't Cry.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 creased with folds, not at signatures. Heavily soiled and stained, touching the "Joa" of Joan and the "Crawf" in Crawford and the entire signature of the Assistant Secretary. Heavily soiled at some text, but all is legible.
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