A Marilyn Monroe signed contract

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Lot 146
A Marilyn Monroe signed contract

US$ 4,000 - 6,000
£ 3,100 - 4,600
A Marilyn Monroe signed contract
Document Signed ("Marilyn Monroe"), 6 pages recto and verso, Beverly Hills, CA, March 2, 1950, on William Morris Agency letterhead.
Provenance: Bonhams, Los Angeles, Manuscripts from the Estate of Charles Williamson & Tucker Fleming, April 20, 2011, lot 522.

Monroe's 1950 contract with the William Morris Agency, for the term of three years, defining their standard 10 percent commission and other terms of representation. In paragraph (8) the contract lists the names of four agents designated as Monroe's representatives (including Abe Lastefogel and Johnny Hyde), but these names have been obliterated with corrective fluid.
Hyde was a senior executive in the West Coast branch of William Morris, and was rumored to have had an affair with Monroe beginning in 1949. Though Monroe did not return his romantic feelings, his untimely death in November 1950 affected the starlet greatly. This contract was signed at a pivotal moment in Monroe's early career. She had completed work on Asphalt Jungle in 1949, and production on All About Eve, in which Monroe had a small but memorable role, would begin the next month.
8 1/2 x 11 in.
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