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    Marilyn Monroe Bus Stop Document and Photo. Tired of the limited "dumb blonde" roles assigned to her by 20th Century-Fox, Monroe broke her contract with the studio in 1955 and fled to New York and the Actors Studio. With the immense box office success of The Seven Year Itch, studio head Daryl Zanuck relented and renegotiated Monroe's contract; she then went to work on Bus Stop. This terse letter, one page typed on Fox letterhead, dated April 19, 1956, from an assistant secretary at the studio to Marilyn Monroe Productions, Inc., suggests the relationship between star and studio hadn't healed. It acknowledges Monroe being absent from the set due to illness, and reads in part: "In respect to these illnesses, it is not our present intention... to suspend the operation of said agreement. Our present position, however, in respect to these illnesses is not to be construed as a waiver of our rights to require you to make Miss Monroe's services available to us..." Such incidents became more and more common in the years leading up to Monroe's death. The document is in Very Fine condition with very mild wear and toning, and punch holes along the left edge. Also included is a vintage b&w 6" x 9.5" publicity photo of Monroe in the 1956 comedy, taken by photographer and writer William Read Woodfield.

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