BETTY GRABLE - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 06/26/1946 - HFSID 288828
Sale Price $552.50
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Betty Grable's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Grable, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed twice: "Betty Grable", 2 pages, 8½x11. No place, 1946 June 26. Betty Grable 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. Chosen by the GIs in WWII as their number one "pin-up girl", Betty Grable (1916-1973) appeared in a series of musicals and dramas in the 1940s and early 1950s. Fox publicity insured her legs with Lloyds of London for one million dollars. Grable was married to her second husband, trumpeter-bandleader Harry James from 1943 until they divorced in 1965. Returning to the Broadway stage after her divorce, Grable was successful as a replacement for Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly. 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. Staple holes at top left. Slightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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