GEORGE BRENT - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 08/13/1947 - HFSID 288887
Sale Price $552.50
GEORGE BRENTConsent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Brent's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. He has signed twice, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example! Document signed twice: "George Brent", 1 page, 8½x11. Hollywood, California, 1947 August 13. Brents 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. George Brent (1899-1979) was an Irish actor who worked in American films and television for over fifty years. He began his career in Hollywood in 1930 and signed a contract with Warner Brothers. He soon became a Hollywood leading man and a frequent male co-star of Bette Davis. The two worked opposite each other in thirteen films including Front Page Woman (1935) and My Reputation (1936). Brent, a known womanizer had a relationship with Davis and was later married to three actresses, Ruth Chatterton, Constance Worth and Ann Sheridan. In the late 1940's Brent strayed into "B" pictures and in 1953 he retired from film, at which time he began appearing in television series.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. Staple holes at top left. Normal mailing folds. Pencil mark (unknown hand). Otherwise, fine condition.
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