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BURT LANCASTER - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 06/06/1947 - HFSID 288953

Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Burt Lancaster's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Lancaster, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission.

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BURT LANCASTER
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Burt Lancaster's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Lancaster, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed twice: "Burt Lancaster", 1 page, 8½x11. Los Angeles, California, 1947 June 6. Burt Lancaster grants to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, Inc., its successors and assigns, the exclusive right, to use his 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. Rugged, athletic and handsome, Burt Lancaster (1913-1994) enjoyed phenomenal success from his first film, The Killers, to his last, Field of Dreams-over a career spanning more than four decades. Lancaster starred in the classic From Here to Eternity, earning him a Best Actor Oscar nomination in 1953 for his performance and, in his beachside rendezvous with co-star Deborah Kerr, created one of the most indelible images in film history. For Elmer Gantry, he won the 1961 Best Actor Academy Award for his superb portrayal of the title character, a disreputable evangelist. Some of the other highlights of his career include Sorry, Wrong Number, Jim Thorpe-All American, Come Back, Little Sheba, The Rose Tattoo, Trapeze, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Judgment at Nuremberg, The Birdman of Alcatraz, The Professionals and Atlantic City. 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. Staple holes at top left. (ink note (unknown hand) at top left. Slightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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