PHYLLIS THAXTER - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 08/27/1946 - HFSID 289274
PHYLLIS THAXTER Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Phyllis Thaxter's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Thaxter, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission.
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Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Phyllis Thaxter's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Thaxter, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document Double Signed: "Phyllis Thaxter", 1 page, 8½x11. No place, 1946 August 27. Phyllis Thaxter 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. Phyllis Thaxter (1919-2012) is an American actress with almost 70 movies and TV shows to her credit. Thaxter got her start on stage, joining the Montreal Repertory in her teens and debuting on Broadway in 1940's There Shall Be No Night. She debuted on the silver screen in Thirty Seconds over Tokyo (1944). She was often cast as a faithful wife and rarely had a chance to stretch, with rare exceptions like the schizophrenic heroine of Bewitched (1944). Thaxter's career slowed in 1952 with an attack of infantile paralysis, but she simply switched to TV productions, where she was a frequent guest star, and the stage. Comic book fans may recognize Thaxter as Ma Kent from Richard Donner's Superman: The Movie (1978). 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. Paper clip indentation at lower right. Otherwise, fine condition.
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