LAUREL & HARDY (STAN LAUREL) - DOCUMENT SIGNED 05/11/1957 CO-SIGNED BY: IDA (MRS. STAN) LAUREL - HFSID 30898
Sale Price $935.00
LAUREL & HARDY: STAN LAUREL and IDA LAUREL
Stan and Ida Laurel sign a document leasing their home for $2,400per month beginning on June 15, 1957.
Partly Printed Document Signed: "Stan Laurel", "Ida Laurel", "LK Rutledge" and "Elaine Rutledge", 1½p, 8½x14, front and verso. Beverly Hills, California, 1957 May 11. Headed: "Beverly Hills Realty Board/Standard Form/House Lease". Ida and Stan Laurel lease their home at 1111 Franklin Avenue in Santa Monica, California, which they had purchased in 1949, to Mr. & Mrs. Lewis Kenneth Rutledge for $2,400 per month beginning on June 15, 1957. Signed just three months before the death of Laurel's comedy partner, Oliver Hardy, who died on August 7, 1957. Stan Laurel (1890-1965), born Arthur Stanley Jefferson in Ulverston, England, toured the U.S. in 1910 and 1912 as Charlie Chaplin's understudy. He stayed in America to appear on vaudeville and in several comedy shorts, including one with an accidental pairing with Oliver Hardy (1892-1957), Lucky Dog, in 1918. In 1926, after separate careers, Laurel and Hardy worked together once more for director Hal Roach, who noticed their on-screen chemistry and persuaded them to join forces as a team to make comedies. From 1927-1950, Laurel and Hardy appeared in over 100 movies, including 27 feature films and the 1932 three-reeler, The Music Box, which won an Academy Award for Best Short Subject. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, the comedy legends also toured English music halls as well as continuing to make films. Laurel stopped performing after Hardy's death in 1957, although he appeared in archival appearances in a number of documentaries on comedy legends, including Charlie Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy. Laurel married Virginia Ruth Rogers in 1936. They were divorced in 1937 and Laurel married a Russian singer-dancer known professionally as Illeana. They were divorced in 1940 and, in 1941, Laurel remarried Ruth, divorcing her again in 1946, marrying Ida Raphael who survived him. Lightly creased. Upper right blank corner torn off. Overall, fine condition.
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