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Marilyn Monroe

“SHOWGIRL”—AND BUSINESSWOMAN: Marilyn puts up a copy of The Prince and the Showgirl as security

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“SHOWGIRL”—AND BUSINESSWOMAN: Marilyn puts up a copy of The Prince and the Showgirl as security

DS, three pages, 8.5 x 11, February 26, 1958. Agreement between Marilyn Monroe Productions, Inc. and Milton Greene concerning the negative “of a motion picture now entitled The Prince And The Showgirl,” and assigns the negative to Warner Brothers as security for payments being made by Monroe’s corporation. Signed in fountain pen on the last page by Monroe as president of Marilyn Monroe Productions, Inc. Monroe and Greene (1922–1985) first met in September 1953 when the latter was a photographer on assignment for Look magazine, and the two quickly became friends. Spurred by Monroe’s desire to have more control over the projects in which she appeared, the pair formed an independent film production company, Marilyn Monroe Productions, in 1955. The smashing success of The Seven Year Itch (which Marilyn had shot for Fox the year before) earned Marilyn—and her company—a new measure of clout and respectability. Marilyn Monroe Productions became involved in the making of such films as Bus Stop and The Prince and the Showgirl. The demise of Monroe’s and Greene’s personal and professional ties evidently began in the summer of 1956 with the filming of The Prince and Showgirl, during which Marilyn’s new husband, Arthur Miller, accused Greene of machinations to undermine Marilyn and to further his own financial interests. Though at one point Greene refused a $500,000 buyout offer for his minority interest, he finally sold his stock in the spring of 1957 for $100,000, officially severing his ties with Monroe and her company. Whatever the reasons behind the dissolution of the Greene-Monroe partnership, Greene cannot be faulted for the work he did on Marilyn's behalf. Bus Stop and The Prince and the Showgirl, both of which Greene personally selected for Marilyn, were finished within their budgets, and both films were considered critical and popular successes. In fine condition, with two sets of punch holes to top, staple holes to top left corner and a light crease to bottom of second page. PSA/DNA Auction LOA and R&R COA.

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  • Dates: #330 - Ended February 13, 2008