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VANESSA BROWN - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 06/26/1947 - HFSID 288889

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

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VANESSA BROWN
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Vanessa Brown's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Brown, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed twice: "Vanessa Brown", 1 page, 8½x11. No place, 1946 June 26. Vanessa Brown 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. Vanessa Brown (1928-1999) first auditioned at 13 and became an understudy on Broadway in Watch on the Rhine (1941). Exceptionally bright, she was a regular on the radio show "Quiz Kids". She was brought to Hollywood by David O. Selznick where he cast her in several films beginning with Youth Runs Wild (1944). After several films and some stage work, she became interested in politics and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1956. She married TV director Mark Sandrich, Jr. in 1959, had 2 children, and then appeared as a guest on dozens of television series-her last appearance was in 1990 on The Wonder Years. Brown has 2 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame - one for motions pictures and one for television. 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." 8½x11. Filing holes at left edge. Staples holes at top left corner. Multiple mailing folds. Pencil marks (unknown hand). Otherwise, fine condition.

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