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MERLE OBERON - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 07/19/1946 - HFSID 288884

Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Oberon's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. She has signed twice, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!

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Condition: slightly creased, otherwise fine condition
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MERLE OBERON
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Oberon's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. She has signed twice, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed twice: "Merle Oberon", 1 page, 8½x11. Hollywood, California, 1946 September 19. Oberon 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. Indian-born beauty Merle Oberon (1911-1979) was nominated for the 1935 Academy Award for Best Actress for the role of Kitty Vane in The Dark Angel. Her other roles include Anne Boleyn in The Private Life of Henry VIII, Lady Marguerite Blakeney in The Scarlet Pimpernel, Cathy Linton in Wuthering Heights and George Sand in A Song to Remember. 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 and paperclip indentation at top left. Normal mailing folds. Slightly creased. Lightly toned at edges. Otherwise, fine condition.

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