LAUREL & HARDY (STAN LAUREL) - DOCUMENT SIGNED 07/22/1933 - HFSID 30842
Sale Price $1,020.00
Laurel signed this agreement with his estranged wife Lois in 1933 to settle their property rights and custody of their five year-old child
Document signed: "Stan Laurel" and "Lois N. Laurel", 17 pages, 8¼x12¾. July 22, 1933. This is an agreement between Laurel and his first wife, Lois N. Laurel née Nielson, to settle their property rights during their divorce proceedings. Their property at the time included two cars and a house in Beverly Hills, California, valued about $17,000. This agreement also lists Stan's monthly salary at Hal Roach Studios at $6,000. It also gives custody of their five year-old child to Lois, but gives visitation rights to Stan. The two weren't divorced at this time, but they were separated. Laurel (1890-1965, born Arthur Stanley Jefferson in Ulverston, Lancashire, 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. Lightly toned and creased. Attached to blue paper cover with two staples at top, which is torn and discolored. Two binder holes at top. Folded three times horizontally three times and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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