KATHARINE HEPBURN - DOCUMENT SIGNED 06/26/1992 - HFSID 252678
KATHARINE HEPBURN The 85-year-old four-time Oscar winner (12-time nominee) agreed to star in a made-for-TV movie when she signed this contract Typed Contract signed: "Katharine Hepburn". Two pages. 8½x11. Studio City, California, June 26, 1992.
Sale Price $1,360.00
KATHARINE HEPBURN The 85-year-old four-time Oscar winner (12-time nominee) agreed to star in a made-for-TV movie when she signed this contract Typed Contract signed: "Katharine Hepburn". Two pages. 8½x11. Studio City, California, June 26, 1992. Countersigned: "Lamar Jackson/Pres.", Burt Reynolds Productions, Inc. Revision of original April 28, 1992 contract, in letter form to Katharine Hepburn. Headed: "RE: 'The Man Upstairs'". In part: "Our 'family' of Burt Reynolds, George Schaefer, James Prideaux and Renee Valente are excited and honored to be working with you on this project, which, as you know, is intended for initial U.S. broadcast on CBS. This letter is intended to set forth our understanding regarding your acting services in the role of 'VICTORIA BROWNE' in connection with the project. Your exclusive services will commence approximately June 30, 1992 and will continue until completion of all services as described herein. You agree to report ready to shoot (i.e., make-up, hair, wardrobe, etc. completed) by 10 a.m. each Monday through Friday we request, and we agree that you shall not be required to work more than six (6) hours per day with the understanding that there shall be a one (1) hour lunch break daily. You will receive a guaranteed fee of $196,000 for 22 days of principal photography, three days of rehearsal and three looping/dubbing days. In addition, we shall pay $4,000 to be applied and credit against residuals....This aggregate payment of $200,000 shall be made in five equal installments of $40,000…If you are required to work more than 22 days of principal photography, three days of rehearsal and three looping/dubbing days as described above, you will receive $16,000 for each additional day…You will receive $2,500 per week to cover your living expenses including accommodations and meals, and we will pay or reimburse you for the cost of a car and driver of your choice....Additionally, we will furnish you, your driver and your assistant with first-class roundtrip airfare to all shooting locations…In addition, you will be entitled to receive 7.5% of 100% of the 'net profits'…." The Man Upstairs, set at Christmastime, was produced for CBS television. Hepburn played Victoria Browne, a sharp-tongued spinster who discovered petty thief Moony Polaski (Ryan O'Neal) hiding out in her attic. George Schaefer was the director. Producers were Schaefer, Lamar Jackson (he countersigned this contract) and Renee Valente. The screenwriter was James Prideaux. Schaefer and Prideaux also collaborated on Katharine Hepburn's two previous television films: Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry (1986) and Laura Lansing Slept Here (1988). Stage, screen, and television actress Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003) was nominated for 12 Academy Awards for Best Actress, winning four: Morning Glory (1934), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), The Lion in Winter (1969) and On Golden Pond (1982). She won an Emmy for Love Among the Ruins (1975). Altogether, she notched 12 Oscar, 5 Emmy and 2 Tony nominations. Like many film actors and actresses, she first broke into show business on the stage, making her first appearances on Broadway in 1928 with roles in Night Hostess and These Days. She returned to Broadway frequently throughout her career, sometimes to rehabilitate her public image. Her final role on Broadway was in the comedy The West Side Waltz (1982), which she starred in. In 1932, she made her first appearance in a film, starring in A Bill of Divorcement alongside John Barrymore. Over the decades, she played opposite most of her era's biggest stars, including Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne, Laurence Olivier, Henry Fonda, and Spencer Tracy, the latter of whom she made nine films with. Her intimate relationship with Tracy spanned 26 years (until his death in 1967) and is the most famous extramarital affair in the history of Hollywood. Tracy was married to Louise Tracy, and the two had been estranged for years. Later in life, Hepburn starred in several television movies, the last being One Christmas (1994). In 1991, she published an autobiography titled Me: Stories of My Life. To the present day, Hepburn remains a significant cultural icon due to her prolific career and disregard for the Hollywood social scene and its conventions at the time. After she divorced in 1934, she never married again, choosing to live independently for the rest of her life. Her career floundered at times, particularly in the years just before WWII broke out from 1934-1940. This can be partially attributed to her poor relationship with the press, whom she refused to deal with cordially in many cases. She was named the greatest female star in the history of Hollywood by the American Film Institute in 1999, although naturally some disagree with this assessment. Lightly creased. Staple holes at upper left blank corners. Otherwise, fine condition.
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