Kirk Douglas Typed Letter Signed to Agent Charles Feldman.

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Kirk Douglas Typed Letter Signed to Agent Charles Feldman.
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(Douglas, 1958) An original typed letter from Kirk Douglas to movie producer and super-agent Charles Feldman. Dated February 10, 1958, the 1-page letter is typed on “Kirk Douglas” personal letterhead stationery and signed at the bottom right in blue ink, “Kirk.” Feldman and his company, Famous Artists Associates, represented Kirk Douglas for years. Here the actor writes Feldman to inform him that he is withdrawing from their business arrangement and switching to Famous Artist's competitor, MCA. Douglas writes in part, “It has been about twelve years since I first came to this sinful city, and in all that time no other agency has ever represented me. A lot of water (and sin) has gone under the bridge during those years... Maybe I am a difficult client and it is possible, as some people seem to think, that I am too demanding. But I have decided... to make a change. Perhaps I will still be unhappy. We shall see... in the past few years... I feel our friendship has certainly lessened. Frankly, I like you, Charlie, and it is my sincere hope that this change will not affect our personal friendship.” The letter is ink stamped “Received Feb 12 1958” at upper right. Originally from Feldman’s files, the letter (and original transmittal envelope) is stapled to a 1-page inter-office memoranda from Famous Artists employee Harry Sokolov to Feldman dated March 11, 1957 regarding a contract Douglas submitted to the agency that would release him from financial obligations regarding the films Indian Fighter, Paths of Glory, Man Without a Star, and The Vikings. Also attached is a carbon copy of a typed 2-page letter from Feldman to Douglas dated March 26, 1957 in which the agent reminds Douglas that he went back on his word regarding commissions for Man Without a Star, even after Feldman had voluntarily forgone money owed to him at his own suggestion when Douglas was in a strained financial situation. In total, the documents tell the old show business story of a friendship dashed by financial disputes. The letter measures 10.25”x7.25”; all other documents are 11”x8.5”. The pieces are in generally very good condition, exhibiting file punch holes, corner creasing, edge rolling, and general handling.