Monday, October 4, 2010

Campaign for a Charleston Heston Stamp

hr/photos/stylus/153873-heston_charlton_341.jpgFrom the Hollywood Reporter:

If it's good enough for Gary Cooper 
and Bette Davis,
then why not Charlton Heston?

We're talking postage stamps, 
and the former publicist for Heston 
thinks it's high time the 
U.S. Postal Service 
created one with the image of this 
"icon of epic proportions."

Heston, though, wasn't only an 
iconic actor famous for his epic roles as Moses and Judah Ben Hur, he was 
also a polarizing figure -- especially in Hollywood -- for his embrace of 
conservative politics and the NRA, an organization he headed for a 
few years prior to his death in 2008.

There are, of course, dozens of actors whose mugs adorn postage stamps, 
including some who have had their own brushes with political controversy. 
Charlie Chaplin, for example, who gave up U.S. residence when the
 FBI suspected of him of being a Communist. John Wayne, 
a staunch Republican and defender of the Vietnam War, also has a stamp.

Other celebrities deemed stamp-worthy include Groucho Marx, Tom Mix, 
Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Stewart. Heck, even Bart Simpson and Bugs Bunny. 
Plus, there's a whole line of stamps featuring images from TV shows like 
"I Love Lucy," "Dragnet," "The Honeymooners" and "The Twilight Zone."

Heston's former publicist, Michael Levine, started his petition Monday 
in honor of Heston's birthday. He would have been 87 years old.

"The petition will raise awareness nationally 
to convince the Citizen Stamp Advisory Commission 
that Heston deserves to be placed on a postage stamp," Levine said.

Heston won a best actor Oscar for 1959's "Ben Hur," 
and the Academy awarded him the Jean Hersholt 
Humanitarian Award in 1978. He was a six-time 
president of the Screen Actors Guild 
and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

"If Hollywood had a Mount Rushmore, 
his face would be on it," said Levine. "
A postage stamp would be the next best thing."

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