Jeff Smith 6:35 p.m., June 27
Some Lick It Hot: Hotel Del Coronado Celebrates Billy Wilder Stamp
Billy Wilder and Marilyn Monroe aren't the only instantly recognizable icons to grace the front of one of four stamps honoring "Great Film Directors" issued by the United States Postal Service.
Look carefully and you'll notice another legend, the Hotel del Coronado, occupying the right third of the stamp.
The Hotel del will celebrate the new stamp today at the Vista Walk area in front of the hotel. A variety of photographs will be placed on display featuring Wilder, Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon filming scenes from Some Like it Hot in 1958.
Designed by Art Director Derry Noyes and drawn by award-winning illustrator Gary Kelley, the "Great Film Directors" stamps commemorate the careers of Wilder, John Ford, Frank Capra, and John Huston.
The Frank Capra stamp features Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert thumbing a ride in the Academy Award-winning It Happened One Night. A ruddy-faced Huston is accompanied by a black-and-white Bogie clutching the Maltese Falcon while Ford sucks on a pipe as The Duke is branded a permanent outsider in the curtain shot from The Searchers.
The Great Film Directors stamps are being issued as "Forever" stamps in self-adhesive sheets of 20 (5 of each design). Be careful not to let children lick the backs of either the Ford or Huston stamps as those boys were known to sweat 80-proof.
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