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MAE WEST - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 07/20/1956 - HFSID 264398

MAE WEST Mae West signs a document twice granting Paramount Pictures worldwide authorization to use the title and content of her work Diamond Lil. Document signed twice: "Mae West", and "M. W.", 2 p, 8½x14. Knox County, Maine, 1956 July 20.

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Condition: lightly creased, slightly soiled
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MAE WEST
Mae West signs a document twice granting Paramount Pictures worldwide authorization to use the title and content of her work Diamond Lil.
Document signed twice: "Mae West", and "M. W.", 2 p, 8½x14. Knox County, Maine, 1956 July 20. West, as author and copyright holder of the play Diamond Lil, grants Paramount Pictures worldwide authorization to use the title and content of her work. Notarized. West has initialed a change of the date from the typed "1955" to a handwritten "1956". Diamond Lil was a Broadway hit in 1928. It was turned into the film She Done Him Wrong (1933), also starring West. The vivacious, risqué Mae West (1892-1980) had such success portraying Lil in the play's first production at New York's Royale Theatre that she became the acknowledged queen of camp with her sexual innuendoes and double entendres. Her nearly single-handed sexual revolution took Hollywood by surprise in the early 1930s, when West starred in such films as Night After Night (1932) and She Done Him Wrong (1933), the film version of Diamond Lil, in which she uttered her famous line, "Come up and see me sometime" (to co-star Cary Grant). Although she made only 12 films, most of them have become classic comedy hits, including Klondike Annie (1936) and My Little Chickadee (1940), which co-starred the inimitable W.C. Fields. The talented lady from Brooklyn also directed some of her plays, such as Drag (1927), and wrote most of her own nightclub material and scripts. Document has staple holes on left and is lightly creased. Cover page is slightly soiled, has staple holes, and a 1-inch diagonal tear at lower left edge. Overall, fine condition.

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