Dated June 17, 1932.
Signed in red ink Katharine Hepburn, in blue ink Leland Hayward and Frank Joyce and in black ink Myron Selznick and initialed by all four as well. TOGETHER WITH: supporting documents including two typescript letters on blue Leland Hayward stationery to Miss Hepburn's father, one signed in blue ink Katharine Hepburn and in red ink Leland Hayward; three additional typescript letters regarding the contract, one from Miss Hepburn's father to Hayward, two on American Play Company stationery; and a typescript list of the artists, writers and directors represented by the American Play Company. Contract 14-1/2 x 9 inches. Management Contract between Hepburn and Leland Hayward. Contract attached to a light blue back cover. allowing "...[their] corporation to represent [her] as [her] manager and personal representative..." Item #100114
Leland Hayward discovered Katharine Hepburn while she was playing the part of an Amazon queen in "The Warrior's Husband" at the Morosco Theater in New York City. Hayward felt Miss Hepburn had a star quality and after much pursuing and negotiating, she agreed to be represented. Anne Edwards, in her 1986 biography of Hepburn, tells the story of what happened next: "[Hayward] talked to Paramount Studios about [Hepburn] and they made a small offer for her services. Kate turned them down. From childhood she had loved films. But to go to Hollywood as a mere starlet, a contract player, would never do. She insisted Leland Hayward set fifteen hundred dollars a week as her price, believing a studio would not be likely to pay such a price for a relative beginner unless they intended to make that person an important player. R.K.O. picked up the bait and asked her to take a screen test ... As fate would have it, David O. Selznick was struggling with the casting of the film version of Clemence Dane’s "A Bill of Divorcement" … Hayward got word of the problem and convinced [director George] Cukor to see Kate’s test. Cukor was stunned … 'She’ll be greater than Garbo' … On June 30, [Hepburn] received a telegram from Leland Hayward telling her that not only would R.K.O. meet her fifteen-hundred-dollar-a-week demand, she was to leave for California on Sunday to appear opposite John Barrymore…" (Katharine Hepburn: A Remarkable Woman pp 78-80). Hepburn and Hayward soon after began an affair that would last four years–– the first of many for both.
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