JANE RUSSELL - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 10/22/1946 - HFSID 288979
Sale Price $450.00
JANE RUSSELLConsent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Jane Russell's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Russell, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example! Document signed twice: "Jane Russell", 1 page, 8½x11. Los Angeles, California, 1946 October 26. Jane Russell 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. Actress Jane Russell (1921-2011), was cast in The Outlaws in 1941 after a much publicized Hughes search for a busty actress, surpassed her bombshell image to perform skillfully in films for three decades. Best remembered for her role in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) opposite Marilyn Monroe, Russell also appeared in a number of comedies, including The Paleface (1948) and Road to Bali (1952) with Bob Hope. She also made several guest appearances on television, her last being on an episode of Hunter in 1986. In 1952, she founded the World Adoption International Fund (WAIF), a group which eventually facilitated more than 51,000 adoptions. Unable to have children, Russell also championed the Federal Orphan Adoption Amendment of 1953. She advertised bras on television in the 1970s. 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." Horizontal tear at center page (Clear tape on verso). Filing holes at left edge. Staple holes at top edge. Lightly toned and creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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