LIONEL BARRYMORE - DOCUMENT SIGNED 11/12/1946 - HFSID 289224
Sale Price $680.00
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Lionel Barrymore's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed by Barrymore once to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed: "Lionel Barrymore", 1 page, 8½x11. No place, 1946 November 12. Lionel Barrymore grants to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, Inc., its successors and assigns, the exclusive right, until December 31, 1947 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. Lionel Barrymore (1878-1954), born Lionel Blythe, was the older brother of Ethel (1879-1959) and John (1882-1942) Barrymore. Abandoning his dreams for a career as an artist for acting, Lionel, who became a character actor rather than a leading man like his brother, won the 1930-1931 Academy Award for A Free Soul and was nominated for the 1928-1929 Academy Award for Best Director for Madame X. Despite openly professing a loathing for the acting profession, Barrymore appeared in a number of films, giving acclaimed performances in Peter Ibbetson (1917) and The Copperhead (1920), and winning great popularity as Dr. Gillespie in a number of popular "Dr. Kildare" films (1938-1947). His other film credits include Grand Hotel (1932), David Copperfield (1935), Captains Courageous (1937), It's A Wonderful Life (1946), Duel in the Sun (1946), Key Largo (1948) and Down to the Sea in Ships (1949). Barrymore was also known for his annual radio appearances as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. 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 edge. Normal mailing folds. Slightly soiled. Fine condition.
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