EVELYN KEYES - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 02/24/1947 - HFSID 288951
Sale Price $658.75
EVELYN KEYESConsent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Evelyn Keyes's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Keyes, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example! Document signed twice: "Evelyn Keyes", 1 page, 8½x11. No place, 1947 February 24. Evelyn Keyes 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. After playing passive roles under Cecil B. DeMille, Evelyn Keyes (1919-2008) received her best opportunity outside of the DeMille fold when she was cast as the eternally jilted Suellen O'Hara in the 1939 blockbuster, Gone With the Wind. Some of her other notable works include Face Behind the Mask (1941), Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) and 1947's Mating of Millie. Keyes, whose four husbands included Charles Vidor (1943-1945), John Huston (1946-1950) and Artie Shaw (1957-1985), was the companion of Michael Todd from 1953-1956.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. Paperclip indentation at top left. Normal mailing folds. Lightly creased. Lightly worn. Ink and pencil marks (unknown hand). Otherwise, fine condition.
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