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VAN HEFLIN - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 11/09/1946 - HFSID 289023

Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Van Heflin's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Heflin, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission.

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VAN HEFLIN
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Van Heflin's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Heflin, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed twice: "Van Heflin", 1 page, 8½x11. No place, 1946 November 9. Van Heflin 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. Stage and screen actor Heflin (1910-1971) made his film debut in A Woman Rebels (1936), opposite Katharine Hepburn, with whom he co-starred on Broadway in The Philadelphia Story. He earned an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Johnny Eager (1941). The following year he portrayed President Andrew Johnson in Tennessee Johnson. Other well remembered roles included The Prowler (1951) and Shane (1953). His last major role was that of a suicide bomber in Airport (1970). 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 at top left. Normal mailing folds. Slightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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