Lot 262: Patty Duke
October 29, 2016
Wells, ME, USA
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Description: [SHOW BIZ] An interesting lot concerning Patty Duke. Includes: 1] A brief TLS signed "Bill" [Wm. Peyton Marin], dated 1965, to Milton Ebbins. Sending a contact to be signed. Marin was Joseph P. Kennedy's principal legal counsel, was acknowledged to be one of his closest advisers. 2] The actual agreement bewteen CHRISLAW PRODUCTIONS and PATTY DUKE ENTERPRISES CORP., covering the production of "TIME OUT FOR GINGER". This agreement is signed by Milton Ebbins and John Ross. Milton Ebbins (1912_2008) Film executive, songwriter ("Yale Blues", "Basic Boogie") and composer. Ebbins helped produce JFK_s 1961 Inaugural Ball and the subsequent 1962 JFK Anniversary Gala. In May of 1962, Ebbins escorted a very late Marilyn Monroe to Madison Square Garden where she famously _ and breathlessly _ sang _Happy Birthday, Mr. President._ He was also the man that Lawford called after speaking to Monroe the night of her death in August of 1962. Ebbins was one of the few allowed inside the White House after the JFK assassination. As the link between Washington and Hollywood, Ebbins helped Kennedy family patriarch and former ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy navigate through the movie business, not only keeping him apprised of his son-in-law_s career moves but at one point advising him against purchasing United Artists_ movie studio. At the time of his death, Ebbins was working with his friend, actor Bill Paxton, on an HBO project about the Kennedy assassination.Ebbins music career began in 1936, he formed his own orchestra, then became music director at CBS, and went to New York in 1938, joining an advertising agency's radio department. He also had been a road manager for the Jack Jenny and Count Basie orchestras, and then a personal manager.He left his career as bandleader and became a talent manager, rising to become one of Hollywood_s top personal managers, guiding the careers of Count Basie, Sarah Vaughn, Billy Eckstine and singer Vic Damone. Because of Ebbins_ musical background and his adeptness at arranging scores, he had a knack for picking hit songs for his clients. He also represented actresses Elizabeth Montgomery and Patty Duke, comedian Mort Sahl and actor Peter Lawford, who Ebbins managed for 35 years.John and Ethel Ross, became Patty Duke's managers. The Rosses recognized her talent and promoted her as a child actress. Soon after The Miracle Worker became so successful, John and Ethel Ross spoke to Anna_s [later know as Patty] mother telling her that they felt they needed complete control of her daughter. They needed to make sure her life was acting and little else, and the only way they could continue to teach her the skills she would need as an actress was if Anna moved in with them full time. Frances, having little financial and emotional security of her own, agreed to let her youngest daughter live with the Ross_s. Anna took this personally and for the next several years she resented her mother for giving her up to the Ross_s while all she wanted to do was stay at home with her favorite person in the world: the woman who gave birth to her. Anna_s name had already been professionally changed to _Patty Duke_ by the Ross_s, in a manner that would keep Anna occupied on her psychiatrist_s couch for many years to come. _Anna Marie is dead_ Ethel once said to her. _You_re Patty now._ As Patty_s success continued, the Ross_s behavior would become more and more distorted and dysfunctional. Condition is very good. Provenance: personal files of Milton Ebbins. Rare and very unusual.
Condition Report: VG