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    Marilyn Monroe's (Norma Jeane Dougherty) first signed studio contract with Twentieth Century-Fox with original screen test request signed by Ben Lyon. The contract is 17 pages (8.5 x 11 in.), entitled "Agreement Between Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation And Norma Jeane Dougherty - Artist August 24, 1946" typed on the heavy stock contract folder bound with two brass brads. The document is an agreement, "That the producer employs the artist, and the artist enters the employ of the producer, to render his services exclusively to the producer, in the capacities and for the purposes herein described, for a term of Six (6) Months, commencing on the 26th day of August, 1946... the producer shall pay to the artist, as his entire compensation hereunder, the sum of One Hundred and Twenty-Five Dollars ($125.00) per week during the term of said employment..." On page 16, the future Marilyn Monroe signed in black ink, "Norma Jeane Dougherty" and was co-signed by a studio executive an a notary public. The final page was signed by Norma Jeane's foster mother, Grace McKee, granting approval of the agreement for the 20-year-old minor. Accompanying the contract is the 1-page inter-office document, dated July 25, 1946, signed by Twentieth Century Fox executive (and former actor) Ben Lyon, written to Mr. George Wasson, stating in part: "Will you please draw up an optional contract on Norma Jeane Dougherty. We agree to make a test of her and then within ten (10) days after she completes the test, we agree to advise her whether or not we intend to exercise the option: 6 months - 20 out of 26 weeks -- $150.00." Ben Lyon was a successful actor starring in the 1930 film Hell's Angels, the film that brought Jean Harlow to prominence. After having met the young Norma Jeane on July 17, 1946, Lyon stated that she was "Jean Harlow all over again!" With this document, he arranged for Norma Jeane's screen test and her subsequent contract with the studio. Lyon later advised the starlet to change her screen name to "Marilyn Monroe". Also included is a carbon copy studio memo to Ben Lyon from George Wasson, dated October 25, 1946, stating that "Today is the last day for us to notify Norma Jeane Dougherty in the event we desire her to have any dental work done." Contract is in fine condition; both the Lyon and dental memos have paper loss from the two-hole binder. An historic assemblage marking the genesis of the silver screen's greatest star.

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    June, 2017
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