US Stamps

By Jay Bigalke

Heston Legends of Hollywood full pane design revealed

February 17, 2014 08:02 AM

  • The design of the Charlton Heston stamp pane, to be issued April 11 in Los Angeles as part of the Legends of Hollywood series.

The Charlton Heston commemorative forever stamp will be issued April 11 in Hollywood, Calif.

A first-day ceremony is scheduled to take place at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd. The ceremony time has not been announced.

Pictured here is the artwork for the pane of 20 Heston stamps. As reported in the Feb. 17 issue of Linn’s, page 4, Heston is shown in his starring role in Ben Hur.

The selvage text on the right side of the pane reads:

With his chiseled jaw, compelling baritone voice, and muscular physique, Charlton Heston (1923-2008) seemed perfectly at home leading a cast of thousands. He made his mark in Hollywood playing heroic roles in epic films, portraying presidents and prophets, Moses and Mich­elangelo. Along the way, Heston made more than 70 films in a career that spanned seven decades. He won an Oscar for his performance as Judah Ben-Hur, a Judean prince who rebels against Roman occupation during the time of Christ, in the 1959 film Ben-Hur.

The new stamp is the 18th entry in the Legends of Hollywood series that started in 1995 with a 32¢ stamp honoring Marilyn Monroe (Scott 2967).

The most recent stamp in the series, issued April 28, 2011, honored actor Gregory Peck (Scott 4526).

In 2012, the United States Postal Service issued four Great Film Directors stamps honoring John Ford, Frank Capra, Billy Wilder and John Huston (Scott 4668-4671).