DS, three pages, 8.5 x 11, April 21, 1958. Contract between Twentieth Century–Fox Film Corporation and Marilyn Monroe Productions in which the former agrees to an amendment of a contract dated December 31, 1955, and approves the extension of the “second one (1) year period of the term of said contract” which will now “expire on the 14th day of April, 1959.” The contract closes with a stipulation about the production of the film Some Like It Hot: “In the event final arrangements are made for Miss Monroe to render her services in a motion picture to be directed by Billy Wilder, and said motion picture is commenced during either of the months of July or August, 1958, then we will not exercise any right of pre-emption which will prevent Miss Monroe from…rendering her services in connection with said motion picture.” Signed twice at the conclusion in blue ballpoint by Monroe. In fine condition, with the first page detached and filing holes to the left edge.
After a much-publicized dispute with Twentieth Century–Fox, Monroe formed her own production company with photographer Milton Greene in 1955, a move that ultimately forced the studio’s hand to offer her a massive seven-year, four-movie deal that would net the actress $100,000 per feature and ample creative influence. After the release of 1956’s Bus Stop and 1957’s The Prince and the Showgirl, a film plagued by behind-the-scenes issues and the actress’ increased drug use, Monroe took a year-and-a-half hiatus from Hollywood. Upon her return, and the subsequent amendment of her contract, she began filming Some Like It Hot in the summer of 1958. A highly desirable, twice-signed contract from a pivotal, if not turbulent, period in Monroe’s career. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
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