I did a similar thread 10 years ago (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=298460&highlight=stamp).
Buoyed by the general indifference it received, I’m giving it another go.
The main difference, is instead of listing the 10 people I think should make it, I’m listing the 10 I think are most likely to make it.
In approximately decreasing likelihood, I’m guessing the next 10 will include:
- Elizabeth Taylor
- Clark Gable
- Marlon Brando
- Lauren Bacall
- Jack Lemmon
- Spencer Tracy
- Shirley Temple
- Andy Griffith*
- Sidney Poitier**
- Kirk Douglas**
*Granted, he’s known mainly for TV, but that didn’t stop the USPS from including Lucille Ball in 2000
**Yes, they’re still alive, but they’re old and the USPS has basically eliminated the post-death waiting period (see, for instance, this year’s stamp for Maya Angelou one year after her passing).
Some actors and actresses worthy of the series that I suspect the USPS will commemorate in some other way:
-Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers: will be included in a set honoring Hollywood’s dancers. If they go for a set of six stamps, I suspect they’ll fill it out with the Nicholas Brothers, Eleanor Powell and either Gregory Hines or Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson
-Marlene Dietrich: Probable joint stamp issue with Germany
-Orson Welles: Will be included in a second ‘Famous Directors’ block of four. Possible candidates to round the set out: Cecil B. DeMille, Stanley Kubrick and Mike Nichols.
-The Marx Brothers: Might continue to be ignored. Might get a stand alone stamp. Might be included in another set of ‘famous comedians.’ If the later, potential candidates to round out the set include the Three Stooges, Burns & Allen, and Mae West.
-Robin Williams: I would have had him fairly high in the 10 most likely list, except the USPS’s page for the Legends of Hollywood series describes the series as honoring “Famous Golden-Age film stars.” I suspect the USPS will either do a stand-alone stamp for him or include him in a set of stand-up comedians. My suspicions lean towards the stand alone, mainly because the USPS is likely to consider as too controversial some of the people you’d almost have to include in a stand-up comedians set, like George Carlin and Richard Pryor.