GENE TIERNEY - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 06/26/1946 - HFSID 288819
Sale Price $765.00
GENE TIERNEYConsent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Gene Tierney's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Tierney, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example! Document signed twice: '"Gene Tierney", 2 pages, 8½x11. No place, 1946 June 26. Gene Tierney 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. Gene Tierney (1920-1991) was a glamorous box office favorite in the 1940s, nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for Leave Her To Heaven (1945). Among her other best known films were Tobacco Road (1941), Laura (1944) and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947). Personal troubles limited her film appearances in later years, her last role being in the TV miniseries Scruples (1980). 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). Stapled holes at top left corner. Top left corner torn. Slightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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