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    Studio letter warning Marilyn Monroe of her breach of contract for taking off shooting days to participate in President Kennedy's Birthday Celebration. (1962) Vintage original 2-page letter on Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation letterhead, dated May 16, 1962, addressed to Marilyn Monroe Productions, Inc. In part: "...the services of Miss Marilyn Monroe in the now current employment period commenced on March 6, 1962 in the motion picture tentatively entitled 'Something's Gotta Give'... Whereas said motion picture is now in the process of principal photography and is uncompleted... Miss Monroe has advised the executives of the undersigned corporation... that she intends to absent herself from Producer's studio and from Los Angeles, California, at twelve noon, May 17, 1962, for the purpose of attending a social function being held outside of the State of California, and to continue said absence for the reminder of the said calendar week... Now, therefore, please be advised that said announced action on the part of Miss Monroe constitutes a refusal by her to render services... said action of Miss Monroe will result in serious loss and material damage to the undersigned corporation... [the studio may] be relieved of any of its obligations in respect to the photoplay in which Miss Monroe is now rendering..." Signed "Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation" by Frank H. Ferguson, its Assistant Secretary. Included with original registered mail transmittal envelope, postmarked May 16, 1962, with attached studio slip with stamp indicating return date of May 17, 1962 with notation that the letter was refused and returned. Before shooting had begun, Monroe received approval from producer Henry Weinstein for her to perform on May 19th for President Kennedy's birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden. Despite the agreement, Marilyn's protracted health issues had delayed production and studio brass ultimately decided to release her from the picture on June 8th.

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