Welles, Orson, 1915-1985

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Birth 1915-05-06
Death 1985-10-10

Biographical notes:

Orson Welles (1915-1985), was a director, actor, writer and producer. Oja Kodar (1941- ), a Croatian sculptor, actress, screenwriter and partner of Orson Welles from the 1960s through 1985.

From the description of Orson Welles and Oja Kodar papers, 1910-1998 (bulk 1965-1985). (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 704433385

The novel by Sherwood King was the basis for this Orson Welles screenplay. The movie, starring Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles, produced by Columbia, was released in 1948.

From the description of The lady from Shanghai, [Script] 1946. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 63291592

George Orson Welles, named for his parents' friend George Ade, was born on May 6, 1915, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. A child prodigy aided and encouraged by guardian Maurice Bernstein and teacher Roger Hill, Welles had considerable writing and acting experience before the age of twenty. Through the years this multi-talented artist has acted and directed on the stage, in radio, film and television; has made several recordings; has authored plays, film scripts, and a newspaper column; and, as a political activist, contributed considerable energy to the 1944 presidential campaign in support of Franklin Roosevelt.

From the guide to the Welles mss., 1930-1950, (Bulk 1936-1947), (Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington))

American actor and director.

From the description of Booth Tarkington's The magnificent Ambersons : screenplay, 1941 August 15 / by Orson Welles. (University of Oregon Libraries). WorldCat record id: 24273539

American actor, writer, producer, and director; d. 1985.

From the description of Orson Welles collection, [198-]. (Boston University). WorldCat record id: 70969771

Actor, writer, director, and producer for stage, radio, and film.

From the description of Papers, 1930-1959. (Indiana University). WorldCat record id: 31734907


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