Charlton Heston to Be Honored With US Stamp, Hollywood Ceremony

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Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 10:28 AM

By Drew MacKenzie

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Actor Charlton Heston is being honored with a commemorative stamp at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood next month.

The U.S. Postal Service will unveil the "Legends of Hollywood" stamp at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on April 11 with Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz as emcee.

The event will be attended by members of Heston’s family, including his wife Lydia Clarke Heston, who took the photograph on which the stamp is based; his son, filmmaker Fraser Heston; and his daughter, Holly Rochell.

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"On behalf of my mother Lydia, my sister Holly, and the entire Heston family, I can say enthusiastically how deeply grateful we all are that my father has been honored with a 'Legends of Hollywood' postage stamp," Fraser Heston said in a statement.

"In many ways, a nation's stamps are a cross section of a culture, its ideals and icons, in microcosm. As a fervently patriotic American, my father would be deeply moved to know that his image, based on one of my mother’s photographs, will be on a United States Forever Postage Stamp."

The Oscar-winning actor, who died in 2008 at age 84, starred in such classic films as "The Ten Commandments," "Ben-Hur" and "Planet of the Apes."

"Charlton Heston brought an intensity and power to the screen that few could ever match and nobody could ever forget," said Mankiewicz, who will also present a night of Heston films on the TCM channel on April 4 starting at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

"He commanded the screen with memorable performances that stood out against even the most spectacular backgrounds. It's an honor to be taking part in this special celebration of Heston's unique contributions to motion pictures."

The "Charlton Heston Forever" stamp ceremony will be followed by the sale of first-day collectible items, plus related philatelic merchandise and an autograph session with the guests of honor.

The celebrations will continue at midday with the world premiere screening of the newly restored 1958 movie "Touch of Evil" starring Heston, Janet Leigh, and Orson Welles about a murder and kidnapping mystery involving police corruption in a small Mexican town.

Heston is the 18th star to be honored as part of "Legends of Hollywood" series.

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