JOAN FONTAINE Fontaine signs on  this 47-page RKO Radio Pictures contract in 1944 with her stage name and her birth name of "Joan de Havilland Aherne"!

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JOAN FONTAINE Fontaine signs on  this 47-page RKO Radio Pictures contract in 1944 with her stage name and her birth name of "Joan de Havilland Aherne"! Contract Signed: stage name "Joan Fontaine" and birth name "Joan de Havilland Aherne". 47 pages, 8½x13, with cardboard covers and red paper binder attachment affixed to back cover at top edge, bound with staples. Dec. 19, 1944. Fontaine had been married to Brian Aherne, her first husband, until June 14, 1945, about six months after this contract was signed. This is a carbon copy of a five-movie contract that Fontaine signed with RKO Radio Pictures, Inc. This contract was to come into force no more than five years after her current (at the time) contract with Selznick Pictures expired. This contract guaranteed Fontaine $12,500 per week and gave her sweeping rights, including the right to disapprove stories and directors. It's possible that RKO Radio was trying to steal her from Selznick and sweetened the pot by writing these powers into her contract in order to do so. It seems to have worked, at least partly; she made From This Day Forward (1946) and Born to Be Bad (1950) for RKO Radio. Stage, screen and television actress Fontaine, born Joan de Beavoir de Havilland in Tokyo, Japan in 1917, started in film in 1935, but her career took off in the 1940s, when she starred in two of Alfred Hitchcock's films: Rebecca (for which she received an Oscar nomination) and Suspicion (for which she received the Best Actress Academy Award in 1941). The younger sister of actress Olivia deHavilland, they were the first sisters to win Oscars and the first to be nominated for Academy Awards in the same year (1941). When Joan won the coveted statuette in 1941, the sisters, who were known for their jealous feuds, became permanently estranged. Lightly toned, rippled and creased. Binder holes at top edge. Light tears at bottom edges of some pages. Otherwise, fine condition.  

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