MARGARET O'BRIEN - DOCUMENT SIGNED 09/05/1946 - HFSID 288772
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Margaret O'Brien's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed by O'Brien to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Sale Price $658.75
MARGARET O'BRIEN Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Margaret O'Brien's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed by O'Brien to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example! Document signed: "Margaret O'Brien", her mother signs below her name, 1 page, 8½x11. No place, 1946 September 5. Margaret O'Brien 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. Margaret O'Brien, born Angela Maxine O'Brien in 1937, made her film debut at age four in Babes on Broadway (1941). The child actress, who was noted for her emotional range and camera savvy, was best known for her crying scenes, which she memorably displayed in the 1944 film, Meet Me in St. Louis. That year, she was given a special Academy Award, largely for her work in the film, one of her best. Although her fame faded as she grew older, O'Brien appeared in a number of feature films, including Madame Curie (1943), Jane Eyre (1944), Little Women (1949, as Beth) as a child actress, and Glory (1956) and Heller in Pink Tights (1960) later in her career. She also appeared in a number of made-for-TV movies and TV series, including Marcus Welby, MD and Murder, She Wrote. 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. Slightly creased. Slightly soiled. Pencil mark (unknown hand). Otherwise, fine condition.
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