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BARBARA BEL GEDDES - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 09/27/1946 - HFSID 288808

BARBARA BEL GEDDES Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Barbara Bel Geddes signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Bel Geddes, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission.

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BARBARA BEL GEDDES Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Barbara Bel Geddes signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Bel Geddes, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example! Document signed twice: "Barbara Bel Geddes", 1 page, 8½x11. No place, 1946 September 27. Barbara Bel Geddes 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. Barbara Bel Geddes (1922-2005), the daughter of theatrical producer, director and scenic designer Norman Bel Geddes, first appeared on Broadway in the 1941 play, Out of the Frying Pan. She appeared in 15 plays from 1941-1973, being nominated for Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Play in 1956 (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) and 1961 (Mary, Mary). Bel Geddes, who appeared in 12 motion pictures from 1947-1971, was nominated for the 1949 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (I Remember Mama), but she is best remembered for her role as Miss Ellie on the long-running television series, Dallas, from 1978-1984 and 1985-1990 (she left the show during the 1984-1985 season after suffering a massive heart attack). Nominated for three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 1979, 1980 and 1981 for her portrayal of the Ewing matriarch, Bel Geddes won the 1980 Emmy. Before Dallas, her most remembered role was that of a pregnant police captain's wife who, after being told by him that he's divorcing her for another woman, kills her husband by hitting him over the head with a shank of lamb, which she then feeds to the policemen investigating his murder in an 1958 episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, "Lamb to the Slaughter", by Roald Dahl. 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." Three filing holes at left (worn). Normal mailing folds. Slightly creased. ½x2¾ inch piece missing from top right. Otherwise, fine condition.

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