GINNY SIMMS - DOCUMENT MULTI-SIGNED 09/16/1946 - HFSID 289148
Sale Price $595.00
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce the actress' signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed three times by her, twice as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed twice: "Ginny Simms" and "Best o' Luck/ Ginny Simms", 1 page, 8½x11. Los Angeles, California, 1946 September 16. Ginny Simms grants to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, Inc., its successors and assigns, the exclusive right, until December 31, 1947 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. Ginny Simms (1913-1994) was an American singer who first grew famous nationwide as a singer with the Kay Kyser Orchestra, although by the time she joined the band in 1938 she had a radio show. The next year she joined Kyser and Lucille Ball in That's Right - You're Wrong, a musical comedy. She left the Orchestra three years later to pursue a solo career, gaining recognition for her popular radio show and tireless work for the WWII effort as well as for her recordings. Simms, who was married three times, was also the frequent escort of MGM chief Louis B. Mayer after his divorce. She retired from show business in 1951, having appeared in a few more screen productions, including Shady Lady (1945), Broadway Rhythm (1944), and Disc Jockey (1951). 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 note (unknown hand). Lightly creased. Toned at edges. Otherwise, fine condition.
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