Marilyn Monroe Signed 20th Century Fox Contract from 1951. This 14-page employment contract, dated April 11, 1951, signed by Monroe on the last page in black ink, was the document that truly heralded her way to super-stardom. Monroe's first few years at Fox were largely unrewarding -- she received no work during her first six months at the studio -- and a subsequent half-year at Columbia was equally fruitless. Eventually, a strong turn in a small role in The Asphalt Jungle led to Joseph Mankiewicz casting her in All About Eve, which in turn led to a renewed her relationship with Fox with this seven-year contract. It was during this period that she made her earliest appearances as a lead, such as Don't Bother to Knock and Monkey Business, followed by career-defining performances in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, and The Seven Year Itch. Afterwards, in 1955, Monroe -- eager to prove her range as an actress -- grew tired of the limited roles Daryl Zanuck had assigned her, and broke the contract and fled to New York to study at The Actors Studio under Lee Strasberg. After the runaway success of Seven Year itch, Fox caved in and a new contract was drawn up, giving Monroe approval of the director and the option to act in other studios' productions. The document is in overall Fine to Very Fine condition with some mild wear and tanning, and some fading to a few pages, specifically certain typewritten elements that are faint but still legible. Monroe's signature is nonetheless intact, bold and large, and page bears a notary seal. A great artifact representing a turning point in the career of a legend.Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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