MAUREEN O'HARA - DOCUMENT SIGNED 06/26/1946 - HFSID 289251
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Maureen O'Hara's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed by O'Hara to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
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MAUREEN O'HARA Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Maureen O'Hara's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed by O'Hara to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example! Document Signed: 'Maureen O'Hara", 1 page, 8½x11. No place, 1946 June 26. Maureen O'Hara grants to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, Inc., its successors and assigns, the exclusive right, until December 31, 1947 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. Maureen O'Hara (1920-2015) was an Irish actress. After her first film test was viewed by actor Charles Laughton, she was signed to a seven-year contract with Mayflower Pictures. Her first major role was in the 1939 Alfred Hitchcock film Jamaica Inn. Laughton, pleased with her performance cast her opposite him as Esmerelda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939). During the start of World War II O'Hara's contract was sold to RKO studios which cast her in low budget films until director John Ford cast her as the eldest daughter, Angharad Morgan, in How Green Was My Valley (1941). In 1947 she played Natalie Wood's mother in Miracle on 34th Street. She is often remembered for her on screen chemistry with John Wayne. The two worked together on five films Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, The Wings of Eagles, McLintock! and Big Jake. Some of her other roles include mother Maggie McKendrick in The Parent Trap, Olivia Spencer in Spencer's Mountain and Peggy Hobbs in Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation. O'Hara has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame in 1993. In 2004, she released her autobiography 'Tis Herself, which became a New York Times Bestseller. In 2005 she was named "Irish American of the Year" by Irish America magazine and was inducted into the Irish American Hall of Fame in 2011. 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. Lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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