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ROSALIND RUSSELL - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 09/15/1946 - HFSID 288885

ROSALIND RUSSELL Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Russell'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. She has made two amendments to the text, initialing each.

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ROSALIND RUSSELL
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Russell'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. She has made two amendments to the text, initialing each. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed twice: "Rosalind Russell", 1 page, 8½x11. Hollywood, California, 1946 September 15. Sothern 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. Russell has made two handwritten amendments to the text and initialed each: 1) striking out the word "exclusive" before right; and 2) limiting the agreement to a term of 18 months. Nominated for Best Actress Academy Awards for My Sister Eileen (1942), Sister Kenny (1946), Mourning Becomes Electra (1947) and Auntie Mame (1958), the beautiful and stylish Rosalind Russell (1908-1976) shone in romantic comedies. She was frequently cast as an efficient career girl who traded witticisms with her leading men, appearing in such films as His Girl Friday (1940) and Take a Letter Darling (1942). Known for her charity work, Russell received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, explained below, in 1972.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. Lightly toned and creased. Ink marks (unknown hand). Otherwise, fine condition.

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