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OTTO PREMINGER - DOCUMENT SIGNED 10/17/1938 - HFSID 168567

Six months after Hitler's takeover of Austria, Preminger fills out and signs (as "Otto Ludwig Preminger") a notarized document for 20th Century-Fox identifying himself as a citizen of "Austria - Germany." Document signed: "Otto Ludwig Preminger", 1 page, 7¾x2¾.

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Condition: Lightly creased, otherwise fine condition
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OTTO PREMINGER
Six months after Hitler's takeover of Austria, Preminger fills out and signs (as "Otto Ludwig Preminger") a notarized document for 20th Century-Fox identifying himself as a citizen of "Austria - Germany."
Document signed: "Otto Ludwig Preminger", 1 page, 7¾x2¾. Los Angeles, California, 1938 October 15. In a partly printed, partly typed form for Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, Preminger identifies himself as a citizen of "Austria - Germany" and lists his date of arrival in the US, "May 8th 1935". The typed portion of the document lists Preminger's dates of employment with the studio as January 3, 1936 to August 31, 1938. The document has been notarized by a "Gertrude Fraser". Film director Otto Preminger (1906-1986), who became an independent producer and director in the early 1950s, was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Director for Laura (1944) and The Cardinal (1963). His films, which often broke new ground in Hollywood, also include Forever Amber (1947), Stalag 17 (1953), The Moon is Blue (1953), Carmen Jones (1954), The Man With the Golden Arm (1955), Porgy and Bess (1959), Anatomy of a Murder (1959), Exodus (1960), Advise and Consent (1962), In Harm's Way (1965) and Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970). Preminger, who produced, directed and staged a number of Broadway plays from 1935-1973, he is also known to TV audiences for his portrayal of the villainous Mr. Freeze in the Batman TV series. When Preminger left his native Austria, it was an independent country. On March 12, 1938, 6 months before Preminger signed this document, a pro-Nazi coup forestalled a scheduled Austrian referendum on unification with Germany, and German troops marched in to impose "anschluss." Although Preminger had played Nazis on screen, he was Jewish and a democrat, so it must have pained him to acknowledge that he had become a German citizen. Lightly creased at corners. Otherwise, fine condition.

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