Wood, Audrey, 1905-

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American theatrical agent.

From the description of Audrey Wood Papers, 1863-1984 (bulk 1900-1984). (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC); University of Texas at Austin). WorldCat record id: 122472700

Audrey Wood was born February 28, 1905, in New York City to William Wood, a theatre manager, and Ida Gaubatz. Audrey grew up with constant exposure to the art and business of vaudeville and theatre through her father's work. She read and selected plays for her father while still in high school, briefly attended college, and then returned home to care for her mother after her father's death.

In 1927 she took a position as a script reader at the Century Play Company and eventually became head of the department. In 1937 she opened her own agency to represent playwrights and soon after formed a business partnership with William Liebling (1894-1969), a successful agent for actors and director. They married in 1938.

Constantly looking for talented new writers, Wood contacted Tennessee Williams in 1939 and offered her services as an agent. Wood helped guide and focus Williams' writing and under her care he created some of his greatest works, including The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof .

During the 1940s and early 1950s, the Liebling-Wood agency represented some of the top talent in the industry. In addition to Tennessee Williams, their client list included writers William Inge and Carson McCullers; actors Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, and Paul Newman; actresses Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Natalie Wood; and directors Elia Kazan and Joshua Logan.

In 1954 William Liebling retired and the Liebling-Wood agency was purchased by the Music Corporation of America (MCA), where Wood continued her work as an agent. In the mid 1960s she taught playwright workshops at several universities and later received an honorary PhD from Florida State University. Although her professional relationship with Tennessee Williams ended in the late 1960s, she continued to find and develop new writers such as Preston Jones and Arthur Kopit.

In 1981, after completing the manuscript for her autobiography, Wood suffered a stroke, leaving her in a coma that eventually led to her death in 1985.

From the guide to the Audrey Wood Papers TXRC01-A0., 1863, 1900-1984, n.d., (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin)

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referencedIn Tennessee Williams Art Collection TXRC99-A14., ca. 1928-1980, bulk 1930s-1970s Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Weill, Kurt, 1900-1950. General correspondence, [ca. 1925]-1950. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Sylvester & Harris correspondence concerning publication of Romola Nijinsky's, Nijinsky, 1923-1983 (inclusive), 1931-1951 (bulk). Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983. Tennessee Williams Collection, 1880-1993 (bulk 1930s-1970s). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Tennessee Williams papers, 1932-1983. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Tennessee Williams Collection TXRC99-A14., 1880-1993, (bulk 1930s-1970s) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Kennedy, Adrienne. Papers, ca. 1954-1992. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Rome, Harold, 1908-1993. The Harold Rome papers, 1873-1988 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Ruth and Augustus Goetz papers, 1930-1966 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Dillon, Millicent. Papers, 1905-1990 (bulk 1935-1986). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Theatre Guild. Correspondence : with Margaret Naumburg, 1937-1941. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Audrey Wood Papers TXRC01-A0., 1863, 1900-1984, n.d. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Tennessee Williams collection, 1939-2011 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
creatorOf Wood, Audrey, 1905-. Audrey Wood Papers, 1863-1984 (bulk 1900-1984). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Rome, Harold, 1908-1993. The Harold Rome papers, 1873-1988 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn The Harold Rome Papers, 1873-1988 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library
referencedIn Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983. Tennessee Williams family photographs and other materials, 1885-1964. Houghton Library
referencedIn Herbert Machiz records concerning the Artists' Theatre, New York, 1954-1976. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Lucille Lortel papers, 1902-2000 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Millicent Dillon Papers TXRC92-A25., 1905-1990 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Heyward, Dorothy, 1890-1961. Papers, [ca. 1850]-1976 (bulk 1918-1961). South Carolina Historical Society
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, 1932-2005 Houghton Library
referencedIn Adrienne Kennedy Papers TXRC94-A15., ca. 1954-1992 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
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associatedWith Beaumont, Hugh, 1908-1973. person
associatedWith Beaumont, Hugh, 1908-1976 person
associatedWith Colton, Edward E. person
associatedWith Colton, Edward E. person
associatedWith Crawford, Cheryl. person
associatedWith Crawford, Cheryl. person
associatedWith Cronyn, Hume. person
associatedWith Cronyn, Hume. person
associatedWith Curtis Brown, Ltd. corporateBody
associatedWith Dillon, Millicent 1925- person
associatedWith Dramatist Guild. corporateBody
associatedWith Dramatist Guild. corporateBody
associatedWith Dramatist Play Services (New York, N. Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Feldman, Charles K. 1904-1968 person
associatedWith Gallantz, George G. person
associatedWith Gallantz, George G. person
associatedWith Goetz, Ruth person
associatedWith Gottlieb, Morton. person
associatedWith Gottlieb, Morton. person
associatedWith Harold Rome person
associatedWith Hayes, Helen, 1900- person
associatedWith Hayes, Helen, 1900-1993. person
associatedWith Hazen, Joseph P. person
associatedWith Hazen, Joseph P. person
associatedWith Heyward, Dorothy, 1890-1961 person
associatedWith Inge, William. person
associatedWith Inge, William. person
associatedWith Javits, Jacob K. (Jacob Koppel), 1904-1986 person
associatedWith Kazan, Elia. person
associatedWith Kazan, Elia. person
associatedWith Kennedy, Adrienne, 1931- person
associatedWith Laughlin, James. person
associatedWith Laughlin, James. person
associatedWith Leavy, Morton L. person
associatedWith Liebling, William. person
associatedWith Liebling, William. person
associatedWith Logan, Joshua. person
associatedWith Logan, Joshua. person
associatedWith Lortel, Lucille person
associatedWith MacGregor, Robert. person
associatedWith MacGregor, Robert. person
correspondedWith Machiz, Herbert. person
associatedWith Mielziner, Jo, 1901- person
associatedWith Murray, Natalia Danesi. person
correspondedWith New Directions Publishing Corp. corporateBody
associatedWith Rome, Harold, 1908-1993. person
associatedWith Saddler, Donald person
associatedWith Schmidt, Lars, 1917- person
associatedWith Selznick, Irene Mayer, 1907- person
associatedWith Singer, Louis J. person
associatedWith Singer, Louis J. person
associatedWith Smith, Lawrence. person
associatedWith Smith, Lawrence. person
correspondedWith Sylvester & Harris (Firm). corporateBody
associatedWith Tajima, Hiroshi. person
associatedWith Tajima, Hiroshi. person
associatedWith Theatre Guild. corporateBody
associatedWith Wanamaker, Sam, 1919- person
associatedWith Warburg, Fredric J. person
associatedWith Warburg, Fredric J. person
associatedWith Watson, Graham. person
associatedWith Watson, Graham. person
associatedWith Weill, Kurt, 1900-1950. person
associatedWith Williams, Cornelius Coffin. person
associatedWith Williams, Cornelius Coffin. person
associatedWith Williams, Dakin. person
associatedWith Williams, Dakin. person
associatedWith Williams, Edwina Dakin. person
associatedWith Williams, Edwina Dakin. person
associatedWith Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983 person
associatedWith Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963 person
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Death 1985

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