Lot 240: Ted Bessell 1965 Contract for Film Billie
October 29, 2016
Wells, ME, USA
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Description: Contract with Ted Bessell to play role of Bob Mathews in the film BILLIE starring Patty Duke. Signed only by Milt Ebbins.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.Ted Bessell (1935-1996) American television actor and director. Bessell's best-known TV role was as Donald Hollinger, Marlo Thomas's boyfriend on the hit series That Girl, which ran for five seasons from 1966 to 1971. Picture of Bessell is not included with this document.
Condition Report: VG