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GINGER ROGERS - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 10/02/1946 - HFSID 288829

GINGER ROGERS Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Rogers' signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. She has signed twice, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission.

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GINGER ROGERS Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Rogers' signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. She has signed twice, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example! Document signed twice: "Ginger Rogers", 1 page, 8½x11. Hollywood, California, 1946 October 2. Rogers 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. Rogers attaches several conditions, including personal written approval of likenesses to be used. Ginger Rogers (1911-1995) was singing and dancing in vaudeville while still in her teens. A major film star of the 1930s and 1940s, she was usually sought for musicals and comedies, but she earned a Best Actress Oscar in the dramatic title role of Kitty Foyle (1940, beating out Bette Davis, Joan Fontaine, Katherine Hepburn and Martha Scott). Rogers is probably best remembered as the dance partner of Fred Astaire, with whom she starred in ten films. Rogers was married five times, but rejected a proposal from Howard Hughes because of his infidelities. 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 worn). Multiple mailing folds. Lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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