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JOHN "DUKE" WAYNE - CONTRACT SIGNED 07/12/1977 - HFSID 177823

JOHN WAYNE John Wayne signs and initials contract from ABC Television. Typed Contract signed: "John Wayne", 4½p, 8½x11. Los Angeles, 1977 July 12. Contract, in letter form,

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JOHN WAYNE
John Wayne signs and initials contract from ABC Television.
Typed Contract signed: "John Wayne", 4½p, 8½x11. Los Angeles, 1977 July 12. Contract, in letter form, from ABC Television, to John Wayne who has signed it on the final page under "Agreed and Accepted" and has initialed it "JW" on the first page. In part: "This will confirm the agreement entered into between yourself and ABC providing for your exclusive television services for the 1977/78 and 1978/79 Television Season, expiring on September 15, 1979...In consideration of the grant of said television exclusivity (as defined subsequently in this paragraph) and for rendering the services as provided for herein, ABC agrees to pay you the sum of Two Million Dollars...." The exceptions to "television exclusivity" include feature films, commercials ("acknowledging specifically your 'Datril' commercial") and "news reel coverage of events in which you appear". John Wayne died of cancer on June 11, 1979, three months before the expiration of this contract. Under this contract, Wayne hosted ABC's General Electric's All Star Anniversary in 1978 and presented the Academy Award for Best Picture to, appropriately, a war movie, The Deer Hunter, on the April 9, 1979 ABC telecast. All-American action hero John Wayne (1907-1979), born Marion Michael Morrison, appeared in over 250 films, primarily in war movies or Westerns. Although he had appeared in 80 low-budget films, Wayne did not become a star until 1939, when he appeared as the Ringo Kid in John Ford's Stagecoach. Near the end of his 40-year career, Wayne was honored with his only Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of hard-drinking, one-eyed Marshal Rooster Cogburn in 1969's True Grit. Lightly creased. Folds at upper and lower margins. File and staple holes at top margin. Overall, fine condition.

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