Postal Service series features Wilder, Ford, Capra, Huston
The Directors Guild of America has officially blessed the quartet of U.S. postage stamps honoring Frank Capra, John Ford, John Huston and Billy Wilder.Dedication ceremonies were held Thursday at DGA headquarters in Hollywood. DGA board member Garry Marshall emceed along with director and critic Richard Schickel and AFI emeritus president Jean Picker Firstenberg. Guests included Anjelica Huston and Allegra Huston, daughters of John Huston; producer Tom Capra, the son of Frank Capra; director Frank Capra III, grandson of Frank Capra; and Ramona and Mayela Ford, great-granddaughters of John Ford. “These four iconic directors were integral to the history of the guild,” Marshall said. “All four are recipients of the DGA’s most prestigious honor, the lifetime achievement award; all four served as members of the DGA’s national board of directors; John Ford helped found the guild in 1936; and Frank Capra, who led the successful drive to achieve studio recognition of the fledgling guild in 1939, served five terms as DGA president.” The stamp art combines a portrait of each director with a scene from one of his works — “It Happened One Night” on the Capra stamp, “The Searchers” on the Ford stamp, “The Maltese Falcon” on the Huston stamp and “Some Like It Hot” on Wilder’s. The stamps went on sale last month.