DON AMECHE - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 02/24/1947 - HFSID 288846
Sale Price $595.00
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Don Ameche's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Ameche, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed twice: "Don Ameche", 1 page, 8½x11. Los Angeles, California, 1946 July 22. Don Ameche 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. Don Ameche (1908-1993) played mostly second leads until 1939, when he memorably played the title role in The Story of Alexander Graham Bell. For years afterward a telephone was often called an "ameche". That same year he portrayed D'Artagnan in a musical comedy version of The Three Musketeers, and he had major starring roles throughout the 1940s. He also co-starred with Frances Langford in the long-running radio series, The Bickersons. Much less active in the next three decades, despite some low budget films and TV guest roles, he made a big comeback in the 1980s. In 1985, Ameche starred in Cocoon and won the 1986 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.It was his only Oscar nomination. He followed up that role to even more acclaim in 1988's concoction Things Change. Before his death in 1993, Ameche rounded out his career with short but acclaimed performances in Oscar (1991) and Corrina, Corrina (1994). 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). Staple holes at top left. Normal mailing folds. Slightly creased. Slightly soiled. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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