JANE GREER - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 09/19/1946 - HFSID 288972
Sale Price $446.25
JANE GREERConsent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Jane Greer's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Greer, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example! Document Double signed: "Jane Greer" in black ink, 1p, 8½x11. No place, 1946 September 19. Jane Greer 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. Singer and actress Jane Greer (1924-2001),began her career singing with big bands and on the radio. Greer was brought to Hollywood by Howard Hughes, who spotted her in a 1942 issue of Life magazine. Kept a virtual prisoner by Hughes, Greer fled Hollywood and married crooner Rudy Vallee, whom she had met while performing on radio. The marriage was short-lived (December 2, 1943-July 27, 1944) and Greer returned to Hughes and her contract. She made her film debut in 1945's Pan-Americana and would go on to appear in numerous feature films, including Sinbad the Sailor (1947), You're in the Navy Now (1951), The Prisoner of Zenda (1952), and Man of a Thousand Faces (1957). Greer, who debuted on television in The Revlon Mirror Theater (1953), appeared in several made-for-TV movies and made guest appearances on shows through 1990. Greer hadrecurring rolesonFalcon Crest (as Charlotte Pershing, 1984-1985) and Twin Peaks (as Vivian Smythe, 1990). Her second husband (1947-1963) was producer Edward Lasker, with whom she had three children. In 1960, she was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 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. Slightly creased. Pencil mark in an unknown hand. Otherwise, fine condition.
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