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Archive of Correspondence, Records, and Ephemera Related to Nicholas and Pansy Schenck, Marti (Martha Schenck) ...

Auction: Discovery - 2404 Location: Bolton Date / Time: April 16, 2008 5:00PM


Archive of Correspondence, Records, and Ephemera Related to Nicholas and Pansy Schenck, Marti (Martha Schenck) Stevens, and Joseph M. Schenck, including August 24, 1930 birth announcement card from Mr. and Mrs. Irving G. Thalberg for their son Irving Jr., two signed typed correspondence from Dore Schary dated 1953, on studio and personal stationary, correspondence from Herbert Bayard Swope, typed 1930s era Christmas card addresses listing the Berlins, Gables, Kennedys, Rube Goldbergs, Goldwyns, Hank Greenbergs, Howard Hughes, the Mayers, Powells, Selznicks, etc., ten 1949 issued visas for Joseph M. Schenck to travel to Central and South American countries, telegrams from Jimmy Durante and New York Mayor O'Dwyer, playbills, reviews, 1950s-1970s theatrical, movie, and television scripts including "Show Boat," "Pajama Game," "From Here to Eternity," "Crime on the Waterfront," "School for Scandal," "Destry Rides Again," "Stagecoach-West/Jeremy Boone," Tennessee Williams' 1974 Key West first draft, "This Is (An Entertainment)," and screenplay "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone," a treatment "Mrs. A," by Lillian Hellman and Peter Feibleman, "Adventures in Paradise/Mission to Manila," "Dinner with Sherry," and "George Washington Slept Here," by Moss Hart and George Kaufman.

Note: Nicholas and older brother Joseph Schenck emigrated to New York City in 1893, operated concessions at Fort George Amusement Park and later, with backing from Marcus Loew, purchased Palisades Park, as well as partnering in operating theaters. Soon after meeting in 1916, Joseph Schneck married Norma Talmadge. Joseph became the first president of United Artists and in 1930 partnered with Darryl Zanuck creating 20th Century Fox and merged in 1930 with Fox Film Corp. Nicholas Schenck in 1932, after the death of Marcus Loew, began running MGM from New York. His strict management style caused great tension with L.B. Mayer and Irving Thalberg at the studio in Hollywood, but profits for MGM throughout the Depression. He was estimated to be the eighth richest man in the U.S. during the '30s. In the late 1940s, Joseph became infatuated with a young actress Marilyn Monroe, playing a key part in launching her career. He retired from the business in 1957. Nicholas Schenck remained a force in the film industry until 1956. Marti (Schenck) Stevens was one of three daughters of Pansy (Wilcox) and Nicholas Schenck, beginning a nightclub/supper club singing career in the early 1950s, later expanding to recording, theater, movies, and television.
Estimate $300-500


Marti (Schenck) Stevens, Joseph M. Schenck, Joseph Schneck, Nicholas Schenck, Nicholas , Pansy, Martha Schenck, Hank Greenbergs, Herbert Bayard Swope, Irving G. Thalberg, Irving Jr., Dore Schary, George Washington Slept Here, Norma Talmadge, Mayor , Jeremy Boone, Jimmy Durante, School for Scandal, Show Boat, This Is (An Entertainment), Destry Rides Again, From Here to Eternity, Pajama Game, Crime on the Waterfront, Marcus Loew, Manila, Paradise/Mission, George Kaufman, Moss Hart, Lillian Hellman, Peter Feibleman, Fort George Amusement Park, New York City, Palisades, Fox Film Corp, Darryl Zanuck, United Artists, first president , Fox Film Corp., Irving Thalberg, L.B. Mayer, Depression, United States, young actress , Marilyn Monroe