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The Stamp Collecting Report. I'm Lloyd de Vries.

Take a careful look at the Bette Davis stamp that just came out. It's a glamorous portrait 
of the actress, based on a publicity photo taken for what many consider her best film, 
"All About Eve."

"Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night."
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On the stamp, her gloved right hand is held in front of her, and her two fingers are 
raised... Almost as if she were holding a cigarette.

She probably was. Bette Davis was one of Hollywood's most-famous smokers. Almost every 
picture shows her with a cigarette. There's even a photo of her smoking taken after she 
suffered a stroke and had had breast cancer surgery.

There are photos from that All About Eve publicity session showing her with and without 
cigarettes. The Postal Service says its artist used a photo without one.

But the Postal Service DID remove cigarettes from its portraits of James Dean...Audrey 
Hepburn... Thornton Wilder and others.

I guess smoke gets in their eyes.

I'm Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamp collecting, 
visit virtual-stamp-club-dot-com.

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