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JOSEPH COTTEN - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 05/14/1947 - HFSID 288895

JOSEPH COTTEN Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Cotten'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.

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JOSEPH COTTEN Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Cotten'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: "Joseph Cotten", 1 page, 8½x11. Hollywood, California, 1947 May 14. Cotten 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. Joseph Cotten (1905-1994) made his Broadway debut in 1930, and seven years later joined Orson Welles' progressive Mercury Theatre company. He briefly left Welles in 1939 to co-star in Katharine Hepburn's Broadway comeback vehicle The Philadelphia Story. Cotten rejoined Welles in Hollywood in 1940, making his feature-film debut in Citizen Kane (1941). A firmly established romantic lead by the early 1940s, he occasionally stepped outside his established screen image to play murderers (Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt, 1943) and surly drunkards (Under Capricorn, 1949). Cotten won a Venice Film Festival award for his performance in Portrait of Jennie (1948). He later flourished on television as a guest performer on such anthologies as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Fireside Theatre and The Great Adventure, and as host of The 20th Century-Fox Hour (1955), The Joseph Cotten Show (1956), On Trial (1959) and Hollywood and the Stars (1963). 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 (worn). Staple holes at top left. Normal mailing folds. Slightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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