CLAUDETTE COLBERT - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 09/06/1946 - HFSID 289244
Sale Price $765.00
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Claudette Colbert's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Colbert, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed twice: "Claudette Colbert", near the top of the page she writes "photograph is ok by me", 1 page, 8½x11. Los Angeles, California, 1946 September 6. Claudette Colbert grants to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, Inc., its successors and assigns, the exclusive right, until December 31, 1947 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. Claudette Colbert (1903-1996) was brought to New York at the age of seven. She embarked on a stage career in 1925. Colbert disliked film acting; but audiences responded to her beauty and cultured voice, so she forsook the stage for Hollywood. Her popularity (and salary) skyrocketed after she was cast as "the wickedest woman in history," Nero's unscrupulous wife Poppaea, in the Biblical epic The Sign of the Cross (1932). Colbert showed her flair for sophisticated comedy by winning the1934 Academy Award for Best Actressfor It Happened One Night. Traveling the usual "fading star" route, Colbert made films in Europe and a budget Western in the U.S. before returning triumphantly to Broadway. In 1961, she returned to Hollywood as Troy Donahue's mother in Parrish. It would be her last film appearance until the 1987 TV movie, The Two Mrs. Grenvilles - in which she far outclassed her material. 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. Lightly creased. Pencil marks (unknown hand). Lightly toned Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.
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