Sale 21TH01 | Lot 297

Mary Pickford A fine autograph letter signed to Anita Loos.

Catalogue: Stage & Screen
Mary Pickford  A fine autograph letter signed to Anita Loos.

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Lot 297
Mary Pickford A fine autograph letter signed to Anita Loos.
New York: 15 October 1916. A four-page autograph letter signed "Mary Pickford" on four sheets of Hotel Algonquin stationery, each sheet 9 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches, in a framed display 14 x 28 inches overall. Visibly fine, unexamined out of frame.

By the writing of this important letter, Mary Pickford was already a star having appeared in dozens of films for both D.W. Griffiths Adolph Zukor. Four months before this letter, on June 24, 1916, Pickford signed a new contract with Zukor that granted her full authority over production of the films in which she starred, here Pickford asks of writer Anita Loos: "Is it true that your contract permits of your doing outside work? I was informed that you had signed with Mr. Griffith with the understanding that you that you could write and sell to other companies..." Loos had already written one screenplay produced by Griffith and starring Pickford in 1912 and the relationship formed following this letter, including many films that starred Pickford's husband Douglas Fairbanks, greatly increased Loos' notoriety and fame. Here Pickford reports that she is "more than anxious to have you write my titles. As you know I do mostly characters. With your quaint sense of humor woven into titles fifty percent of the battle would be won. So will you please try to convince Mr. Griffith that it would not interfere with him." A fantastic association between two of the most prominent female voices in early Golden Age Hollywood.


Estimate: $700 - $1,000
Sold for $8,820 (includes buyer's premium)

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Estimate: $700 - $1,000
Sold for $8,820 (includes buyer's premium)

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