MELVYN DOUGLAS - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 11/08/1946 - HFSID 288909
Sale Price $488.75
MELVYN DOUGLASConsent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Melvyn Douglas's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Douglas, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example! Document signed twice: "Melvyn Douglas", 1 page, 8½x11. No place, 1946 November 8. Melvyn Douglas 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. Melvyn Douglas (1901-1981) won Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor for Being There (1979) and his portrayal of Paul Newman's dying father in Hud (1963), and he was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for I Never Sang for My Father (1970). Although Douglas (1901-1981) began his acting career on the stage, he would grace the big screen for 50 years after making his film debut in 1931 in the early "talkie", Tonight or Never. His long list of feature film credits include Annie Oakley (1935), Captains Courageous (1937), Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948), The Americanization of Emily (1964), The Graduate (1965), The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979) and Being There (1979), and Douglas also appeared in a number of made-for-TV films. He died at the age of 80, just before the release of his final film, Ghost Story (1981).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." Filing holes at left edge. Staples holes at top edge. Lightly toned. Multiple mailing folds. Pencil marks (unknown hand). Otherwise, fine condition.
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