RORY CALHOUN - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 05/23/1947 - HFSID 288987
RORY CALHOUN Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Calhoun's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. He has signed twice, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission.
Sale Price $460.00
RORY CALHOUN Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Calhoun's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. He has signed twice, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example! Document signed twice: "Rory Calhoun" in blue ink, 1p, 8½x11. Hollywood, California, 1947 May 23. Calhoun 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. Rory Calhoun (1922-1999) was a popular film star of the 1950s and early 1960s who specialized in Westerns. He starred in the TV series, The Texan (1958-1960), and continued to appear in films, primarily in character roles, until shortly before his death. Regretting his refusal of a role on Dallas (1978-1991), Calhoun appeared in the soap opera Capitol (1982-1987) for five years beginning in 1982. Growing up, Calhoun had spent several years in reform schools and after convictions for auto theft and armed robbery he even spent some time in prison. However, when his checkered past was revealed by a tabloid, it only enhanced his "bad boy" image. A notorious philanderer, his first wife listed 79 adulterous relationships in her divorce suit against the actor. As a response, Calhoun amusingly quipped, "Heck, she didn't even include half of them." 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. Staple holes at top edge. Mailing folds. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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