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ANN SOTHERN - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 10/31/1946 - HFSID 288899

ANN SOTHERN Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce the actress's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. She has signed twice, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. Also signed by a representative of Loew's, Inc.

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ANN SOTHERN Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce the actress's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. She has signed twice, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. Also signed by a representative of Loew's, Inc. A remarkable, perfectly verified example! Document signed twice: "Ann Sothern", 1 page, 8½x11. Hollywood, California, 1946 October 31. Sothern grants to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, Inc., its successors and assigns, the exclusive right to use her name, autograph, photographic likeness, or artist's sketch of the likeness, for reproduction on engraved, embossed or printed stamps, and in stamp albums, and in connection with the advertising and exploitation of these stamps and stamp albums for sale throughout the world. A representative of Loew's, Incorporated has also signed, agreeing to the transaction so long as it adheres to stipulations in a parallel agreement between Loew's and the MPRF. Ann Sothern (1909-2001) was trained as a vocalist before making her film debut by her original name (Harriette Lake) in the early Warner sound musical The Show of Shows (1929). After success on Broadway, she returned to Hollywood in 1933 and found her niche as a lighthearted heroine, especially in the role of Maisie Ravier. From 1939-1947, she starred in ten comedy films as Maisie, playing a kind burlesque dancer. Following her fame from the movies, she transitioned into television, starring in two television shows: Private Secretary (1953-1957) and The Ann Sothern Show (1958-1961). She was nominated for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress for her last film, The Whales of August (1987); this was the only nomination she received throughout her entire career. The Motion Picture Relief Fund was founded in 1921 to assist ill and needy film industry veterans, as expressed in its motto: "We take care of our own." The fund raised money through voluntary payroll deductions and celebrity events. As President of the Fund from 1939 until his death in 1956, film and radio star Jean Hersholt conceived Hollywood Star Stamps as a fundraising method. These stamps, 468 in all, were sold at dime stores after World War II in sheets of 6-12, at 10 cents per sheet, and were an immediate hit with collectors. Now called the Motion Picture and Television Fund, the non-profit organization funds its own hospital and retirement home. It confers the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award annually at the Academy Awards ceremony to "an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry." Filing holes at left edge. Lightly creased and toned around edges. Multiple mailing folds. Staple holes at top left corner. Otherwise, fine condition.

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