A Marilyn Monroe/Norma Jeane Dougherty first contract from 20th Century Fox relating to her work, her name change, and her termination, signed four times, 1946
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A Marilyn Monroe/Norma Jeane Dougherty first contract from 20th Century Fox relating to her work, her name change, and her termination, signed four times, 1946
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A Marilyn Monroe/Norma Jeane Dougherty first contract from 20th Century Fox relating to her work, her name change, and her termination, signed four times, 1946
Dated "August 24, 1946," this is the first contract the studio offered to the then-named twenty-year-old starlet, Norma Jeane Dougherty. Standard in its terms which are outlined over seventeen pages, page 16 is signed in black fountain pen ink "Norma Jeane Dougherty" and the following page is also signed in same ink "Grace McKee / Foster Legal guardian;" McKee [later Goddard after marriage] being MM's mother's best friend who helped raise the child Norma Jeane. It seems odd now that Monroe, as a twenty year old married woman, was still considered a minor who needed her legal guardian's approval to work. A two-page typed supplement is attached to the end of contract; the first page, dated "December 3, 1946" reads in part "It is hereby agreed.../your professional name shall be MARILYN / MONROE," with the star's two very deliberate and clear signatures penned in black fountain pen ink below reading"Norma Jeane Dougherty / Marilyn Monroe;" the second page, dated "July 26, 1947," serves as Marilyn's pink slip, just a year later, reading in part "...the term of your employment there-/under will expire on August 25, 1947;" her bold signature penned in blue fountain pen ink simply reads "Marilyn Monroe." Though a setback for the young actress, it obviously didn't stop her; just four years later in 1950, Fox offered her another contract, and she would stay at this studio for the remainder of her short life.
11 x 8 1/2in

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  • Please note this is NOT the first contract that Marilyn Monroe signed with 20th Century Fox, but appears to be the SECOND contract she signed with the studio just 4 weeks later.
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