On August 16, 2003, U.S. postmaster general John E. Potter unveiled a new commemorative postage stamp honoring music legend Henry Mancini at the 2003 Mancini Musicale at UCLA. Stamp artist Victor Stabin's painting shows Mancini conducting as the titles of some of his most popular film and television projects appear to scroll over a screen behind him. Mancini created the theme for the PINK PANTHER and the stamp features the animated visage of the title character. The stamp is scheduled to be issued April 13, 2004.
Also a popular pianist and concert conductor, Mancini created TV themes, hit songs and film scores, for such films and shows as PETER GUNN, MOON RIVER and THE PINK PANTHER. He collaborated with Blake Edwards on several movies, notably BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S (1961), THE GREAT RACE (1965) AND 10 (1979). With other directors, he worked on various films including CHARADE (1963) and WAIT UNTIL DARK (1967). Mancini also wrote themes for MR. LUCKY, NEWHART, REMINGTON STEELE, HOTEL and other TV shows. He won many awards, including 20 Grammys and four Oscars, and his albums have sold more than 30 million copies.
Current U.S. stamps, as well as a free comprehensive catalog, are available by toll-free phone order at (800) STAMP-24. A selection of stamps is available at the online Postal Store at www.usps.com/shop. In addition, custom-framed art prints of original stamp art are available at www.postalartgallery.com.