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WASHINGTON, May 20, 2005 - With the 11th stamp in its Legends of Hollywood series, the U.S. Postal Service honors Henry Fonda, one of America's greatest actors, on the hundredth anniversary of his birth. For nearly half a century, Fonda distinguished himself in both theater and film, winning acclaim in each medium.

The Henry Fonda commemorative postage stamp was dedicated in a special ceremony today at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills.

Previous Legend of Hollywood honorees include Marilyn Monroe (1995), James Dean (1996), Humphrey Bogart (1997), Alfred Hitchcock (1998), James Cagney (1999), Edward G. Robinson (2000), Lucille Ball (2001), Cary Grant (2002), Audrey Hepburn (2003) and John Wayne (2004).

Since 1775, the U.S. Postal Service has connected friends, families, neighbors and businesses by mail. An independent federal agency, the Postal Service makes deliveries to more than 142 million addresses every day and is the only service provider to deliver to every address in the nation. The Postal Service receives no taxpayer dollars for routine operations, but derives its operating revenues solely from the sale of postage, products and services. With annual revenues of $69 billion, it is the world's leading provider of mail and delivery services, offering some of the most affordable postage rates in the world. Moreover, today's postage rates will remain stable until at least 2006. The U.S. Postal Service delivers more than 46 percent of the world's mail volume -- some 206 billion letters, advertisements, periodicals and packages a year -- and serves seven million customers each day at its 37,000 retail locations nationwide. 

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