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    Marilyn Monroe and agent Johnny Hyde signed William Morris Agency contract. (1950) Vintage original 6-page, printed front and back, 8.5 x 11 in. William Morris Agency, Inc. contract. Signed in blue ink on the last page, "Marilyn Monroe". In the contract, Monroe agrees to pay a commission of 10% of earnings for a period of 3-years. On the fifth page are typed names of 4-William Morris agents charged with supervising Monroe's business during the term of the contract: Abe Lastfogel, Bert Allenberg, Sam Weisbord and John Hyde. It was in 1949, just as Monroe's previous contract with Columbia was expiring, that agent "Johnny" Hyde discovered Monroe at a Bruno Bernard photo shoot and was smitten by her. Hyde left his wife for Marilyn, and despite being 31 years her senior and repeated rejections of his marriage proposals, he committed to shaping and promoting Monroe's image as a blonde bombshell and sex symbol. He arranged plastic surgery to subtly reshape her face to fit the Hollywood feminine "ideal" and focused his power and influence to secure roles for Monroe, the first being her breakthrough as "Miss Casswell" in All About Eve, which began shooting just one month after the signing of this contract. From the momentum of this performance Hyde negotiated a contract for Monroe with Fox - inked shortly before Hyde's death at 55-years old due to heart attack in December of 1950. This William Morris Agency contract spans the period of some of Monroe's most acclaimed movies including Niagara, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and How to Marry a Millionaire. Countersigned under Monroe's signature by agent "Lou Rosenthal" of William Morris. With 2-hole punches at the top of each page, this historic contract exhibits age and minor handling. In very good to fine condition.

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