Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Bette Davis Stamp Ceremony

Postal officials, along with friends and family of the late film icon, gathered on the campus of Boston University last week to unveil the new Bette Davis stamp .

According to the USPS News Link, USPS Chief Financial Officer and Executive VP Glen Walker said, “Bette Davis was one of the brightest lights of Hollywood’s Golden Era and one of the most decorated screen stars of all time. It’s a pleasure to celebrate the life and legacy of one of America’s finest actresses.”

Also speaking at the First Day of Issue ceremony was actress Lauren Bacall, along with Davis’ son, Michael Merrill who is quoted as saying, “This is one of the highest honors my mother could have received. She was truly the greatest American actress of all time.”

The stamp was based on a black and white still of Bette Davis made during the filming of “All About Eve” (1950).

With the introduction of the Davis stamp, the Postal Service has honored 14 actors in its Legends of Hollywood series. Film stars previously honored with their own stamps include Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Humphrey Bogart, Alfred Hitchcock, James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson, Lucille Ball, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Judy Garland and James Stewart.

Shown above in a USPS photo: Stamp Development Manager Terry McCaffrey; Kathryn Sermak, special assistant to Bette Davis; USPS CFO Glen Walker; Michael Merrill, attorney and son of Bette Davis; actress Lauren Bacall and Massachusetts State Senator Steven Tolman.

For more on Bette Davis, visit her official website by clicking here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM