10 March 2014

Invitation for Academy Membership

A week ago, on 2 March, the 86th Academy Awards Ceremony was held in Los Angeles. The organisation behind this annual ceremony is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which is dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of motion pictures. Today the Academy consists of nearly 6,000 movie professionals, mostly American, 94% white, 77% male, with an average age of 62 (according to a study conducted by the Los Angeles Times in February 2012). Membership is by invitation only.

Gregory Peck was President of the Academy between 1967 and 1970. Other Presidents include Frank Capra, Charles Brackett, George Stevens and Bette Davis (she became President in 1941, but resigned after only two months). On 1 August 1968, Gregory Peck wrote a letter to Lois Nettleton (an actress whose work I'm not really familiar with) inviting her to become a member of one of the branches of the Academy, the Actors Branch.


Via: hollywood golden guy

Transcript:

August 1, 1968

Miss Lois Nettleton
340 East 57th Street
New York, New York # 10022

Dear Miss Nettleton:

It gives me great pleasure to advise you that the Board of Governors of the Academy has authorized me to extend you an invitation to become a member of the Actors Branch.

The Academy is an honorary association of artists and craftsmen employed in the film industry, and our purpose is to foster cooperation among the creative leaders of our profession. Membership in our organization is offered to those who have made significant contributions to the arts and sciences of motion pictures.

The nominal dues of $36.00 per year are tax deductible. If you wish additional information, please telephone the Academy membership office, CRestview 5-1146, Ext. 17, or Mrs. Margaret Herrick, Academy Executive Director.

An acceptance card is enclosed for your convenience.

Cordially,

(signed)
Gregory Peck

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Encl.


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