DONALD CRISP - DOCUMENT SIGNED 07/23/1946 - HFSID 289142
Sale Price $446.25
He submits a sample autograph to the Motion Picture Relief Fund for use in a charitable fund-raiser. The rare signature of an important Hollywood insider.
Document signed: "Donald Crisp", 1 page, 8½x11. Hollywood, California, circa 1946. In stamp dates receipt July 23, 1946. Crisp 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. Although Crisp has provided a sample signature, he has failed to sign on the consent line. English-born Hollywood actor, director and financier Donald Crisp (1882-1974) toured the US as singer and stage director for an opera company. Film pioneer D. W. Griffith cast him in major roles in Birth of a Nation (as Ulysses S. Grant, 1915) and Broken Blossoms (as the abusive father of Lillian Gish, 1919). Learning directing from Griffith, he made films of his own in the 1920s, including Buster Keaton's The Navigator and Douglas Fairbanks' Don Q, Son of Zorro. He served in three wars: the Boer War, World War I and World War II. With the advent of talkies, he assumed the role ofcharacter actor in important films like Mutiny on the Bounty, Wuthering Heights and The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex. He received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for How Green Was My Valley (1942). While continuing to act occasionally, through his last film, Spencer's Mountain (1963), he became an important figure in Hollywood money circles, serving on many corporate boards and advising the Bank of America on film financing. 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 edge. Lightly toned and creased. Multiple mailing folds. Corners lightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
Following offer submission users will be contacted at their account email address within 48 hours. Our response will be to accept your offer, decline your offer or send you a final counteroffer. All offers can be viewed from within the "Document Offers" area of your HistoryForSale account. Please review the Make Offer Terms prior to making an offer.
If you have not received an offer acceptance or counter-offer email within 24-hours please check your spam/junk email folder.