A Marilyn Monroe group of letters from Joseph Schenck

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A Marilyn Monroe group of letters from Joseph Schenck

US$ 2,000 - 3,000£ 1,600 - 2,400
A Marilyn Monroe group of letters from Joseph Schenck
3 Autograph Letters Signed ("Joe," "Joe S."), 3 pp recto, 8vo to 4to, Miami, March 29, 1948 to December 28, 1948, to Marilyn Monroe, on Twentieth Century-Fox stationery and monogrammed stationery, with original transmittal envelopes. Joe Schenck was a partner with Darryl Zanuck in the creation of Twentieth Century-Fox; as such, he had enormous power and was able to help Monroe further her career, whether it was at Fox or not. At the time of his letters to Marilyn, she had just signed a 6-month contract with Columbia Pictures, a major breakthrough in her career, which Schenck addresses: "I hope you will get your chance at Col and make good." Several months later, he writes, "Am very pleased to know you have a good part in a picture. Stick to your work and you will make good. Make your career your first consideration." This was advice that Monroe took to heart, working harder than most starlets. Schenck either had a sense of humor or spelling problems, as he incorrectly spells Monroe's name twice, writing both "Maryline" and "Marrylene" in his salutations! Monroe maintained her friendship with Schenck for the rest of his life (he died a mere 10 months before Monroe) and was forever grateful for his faith in her.
8.5 x 11 in.
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