Goldsmith, Ellen, 1926-2007.

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Ballet and opera fan, employee of Chicago's Civic Opera House.

Ellen Goldsmith (known as "Teddy") was born in 1926, having arrived in the United States in 1938. She was a long-time resident of the Hyde Park area of Chicago and graduated from Hyde Park High School. Among other jobs, during the 1960s and 1970s Goldsmith ran the coat check concession at the Civic Opera House, home of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. An enthusiastic supporter and devotee of the Chicago ballet and opera scene, back-stage work afforded her opportunities to form friendships with world-renowned performers and allowed her to develop an interest in photographing them at work and play. Goldsmith's deep love of opera led her to learn Italian, to vacation in Italy and to correspond with several singing stars. She was an indefatigable collector of opera, ballet and cinema-related materials, which included clippings, programs, and a large accumulation of studio photographs, many of them autographed. She was also an amateur artist and writer. Goldsmith died in May 2007.

From the description of Ellen Goldsmith papers, 1933-2007. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 585897199

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associatedWith Alonso, Alicia, 1921- person
associatedWith Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo corporateBody
associatedWith Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-1990 person
associatedWith Bikel, Theodore person
associatedWith Bruscantini, Sesto. person
associatedWith Chicago Opera Ballet corporateBody
associatedWith Christoff, Boris. person
associatedWith Danilova, Alexandra, 1907-1997 person
associatedWith Eglevsky, André person
associatedWith Fernandez, Royes person
associatedWith Franklin, Frederic, 1914- person
associatedWith Gobbi, Tito. person
associatedWith Holden, Stanley person
associatedWith Kaye, Danny person
associatedWith Kaye, Nora, 1920-1987 person
associatedWith Kitt, Eartha person
associatedWith Kraus, Alfredo person
associatedWith Kriza, John person
associatedWith Liberace, 1919-1987 person
associatedWith Lyric Opera of Chicago corporateBody
associatedWith Marceau, Marcel person
associatedWith Midwest Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Newberry Library. corporateBody
associatedWith New York City Ballet corporateBody
associatedWith Nilsson, Birgit person
associatedWith Page, Ruth, 1899-1991 person
associatedWith Price, Leontyne person
associatedWith Robinson, Edward G., 1893-1973 person
associatedWith Royal Ballet corporateBody
associatedWith St. Denis, Ruth, 1880-1968 person
associatedWith Tebaldi, Renata person
associatedWith Uppman, Theodor, 1920-2005 person
associatedWith Vickers, Jon person
associatedWith Warren, Leonard, 1911-1960 person
associatedWith Youskevitch, Igor, 1912-1994 person
associatedWith Zanasi, Mario person
associatedWith Zoritch, George, 1917-2009 person
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Ballet dancers--Photographs
Dance companies--Photographs
Autographs--Collectors and collecting
Manuscripts, American
Opera--History--20th century--Sources
Opera companies--Photographs
Photographs--Collectors and collecting


Birth 1926

Death 2007

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