CANADA POST

CANADA POST

May 26, 2006 09:00 ET

Canada Post Honours Four Legendary Canadians in Hollywood, New Stamp Series Adds Hollywood Glamour, Canadian Style

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 26, 2006) - Canada Post launched new stamps today to honour the lives and achievements of four Canadians who made a lasting impression in Hollywood: John Candy, Lorne Greene, Mary Pickford and Fay Wray. The Canadians in Hollywood stamp issue - the first of its kind in Canada - offers Canadians a unique way to celebrate Canadian success in Hollywood.

The families of the headlining stars were genuinely surprised and touched by this Canada Post tribute. "John would have been honoured to be included among such wonderful actors," says Rose Candy of her late husband, John. "The portrait of him is very touching. It shows John in an everyday way - a man who loved people, was compassionate and empathetic and who wanted to make you laugh and bring joy to your life. I know that this stamp will bring joy to everyone who sees it." Candy's legacy of laughter stretched beyond films, from his radio work on Radio Kandy and a children's cartoon (Camp Candy) to widescreen Hollywood actor, he is fondly remembered by peers as a friendly screen giant. John also brought a Canadian work ethic to Hollywood, appearing in at least one film a year between 1974 and his death in 1994.

The CBC's "Voice of Canada" during World War II and "Pa" to Bonanza fans, Ottawa's Lorne Greene was the white-haired, resonant-voiced, patriarchal actor who never gave up his Canadian citizenship. For Greene's son Charles, this stamp would be a source of great pride for a man whom he described as having a strong affinity to his Canadian roots. "I am extremely pleased by Canada Post's recognition of my father's unique contribution to radio, film and television in Canada and around the world. My father would have been proud and grateful. He always took pride in being Canadian, working for many Canadian causes and on Canadian film and television projects until the end of his life." During his work on Bonanza (1959-1973) and other TV projects, Greene found time to do guest roles and movies, as well as record several albums. In 1964 he even had a top hit with the song Ringo.

America's Sweetheart - Mary Pickford - was born Gladys Marie Smith in 1892 in Toronto, and over her 27-year film career made 236 films. "It's so important that people remember Mary and recognize her for the remarkable woman she was," says Keith Lawrence, who knew Mary when he was a child, and is now President and CEO of the Mary Pickford Institute. "She had a deep love for Canada and would have considered this stamp a huge honour. She was always so appreciative when people recognized that she made a difference in their lives." Mary Pickford was the first actor to benefit from the fact that films were becoming international phenomenas, and for a while she was the most recognized person in the world. Mary is also remembered as an important producer, writer and director and as one of the founders of United Artists studios, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and of the film community called "Hollywood."

Fay Wray fans will remember her best as the heroine with a gorilla love interest in the original 1933 film, King Kong. It has been said that when Wray was offered a role opposite "the tallest, darkest leading man in Hollywood," she hoped it was Clark Gable... The role as the heroine in King Kong was her most famous role, and made hers Hollywood's most famous scream for decades. Born in Cardston, Alberta in 1907, Wray arrived in California at the age of 14 with dreams of being a movie star. According to Wray's daughter, Victoria Riskin, her mother "always felt this love of the majesty of the country she was born in. She had very vivid memories - even though she left when she was very young - of events that took place when she was living outside of Cardston." After Wray's death in August 2004, the lights at the Empire State Building were dimmed in her memory.

The stamps featuring movie poster likenesses of each star are available for purchase in a booklet of 8 self-adhesive stamps ($4.08) or as a special souvenir sheet of 4 stamps ($2.04). The Canadians in Hollywood stamp series can be used for everyday mailing but for those who enjoy collecting movie memorabilia or stamps, Canada Post is offering postcards (stamped for mailing anywhere in the world) featuring each star and collector's envelopes cancelled with a special Day of Issue indicia. The stamp booklets will also randomly feature one of the four Canadians in Hollywood on the cover, adding additional collectability to the set.

The Canadians in Hollywood stamps are available for purchase today at postal outlets across Canada, online at www.canadapost.ca/collecting or by calling toll-free 1-800-565-4362.

Contact Information

  • Canada Post
    Cindy Daoust
    (613) 734-4258
    or
    MS&L
    Charlene McAnoy
    (416) 847-1327