Born to a recently divorced mother and an unknown father, Norma Jeane Mortenson proceeded to shuffle between foster parents, orphanages, a failed marriage at 16, and various residences in California. After pin-up modeling led to short-lived film contracts, she hit it big as “Marilyn Monroe” with her bleach-blond hair, alluring curves and “girl next door” persona. While it’s a well-documented fact that Monroe inked her breakthrough contract in 1951, this Hollywood artifact is perhaps the most significant of its kind: a 1952 Twentieth Century-Fox contract extension signed by Monroe! Composed on an 8-1/2x 11” sheet of “Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation” letterhead, the typewritten correspondence is dated “April 18, 1952” and calls for the agreement to extend until May 11, 1952. On the appropriate line, Monroe has signed in black-ink steel tip fountain pen. The sultry screen star’s endorsement projects (“9”) potency and comes with a full photo LOA from JSA. More on our website.
The correspondence is addressed to Monroe, care of the William Morris Agency. It reads (in full):
“Dear Miss Monroe:
You are hereby notified that the undersigned, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, desires to and does hereby, in accordance with the terms and conditions of a certain written contract between you and the undersigned dated on April 11, 1951, exercise the option granted to said Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation by the terms of said contract, to extend the term of the employment thereby created for a period of (1) year, commencing May 11, 1952.
Kindly acknowledge receipt of this notice by affixing your signature to the copies thereof enclosed herewith and returning them to the undersigned.”
The crisp page has two normal horizontal compacting folds (to facilitate U.S. Mail delivery) and two small holes (as designed) near the top from previous residence in a binder. Already established as a sex symbol like none before, Monroe was to star in 1952 Twentieth Century-Fox productions of: "Don’t Bother to Knock”; “Monkey Business”; and “O. Henry’s Full House.” This silver screen treasure, like Monroe, is nothing short of spectacular!