Schary, Dore

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Dore Schary (1905-1980) was an American motion picture producer and playwright.

From the guide to the Dore Schary collection of letters by Confederate soldiers, 1861-1864, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

Director Vincent J. Donehue was born on September 22, 1915 in Whitehall, New York to Julian B. Donehue and Helen E. Vincent. His father was director of redevelopment in Albany, New York. Vincent Donehue was educated at Christian Brothers Academy and the State University of New York and studied for the stage with Tamara Daykarhanova and with Fanny Bradshaw at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-on-Avon, England. He made his radio debut in 1937 and in the years prior to World War II was heard on over 1500 radio shows. He also acted on Broadway during this time. He appeared as Cinna, the poet in Orson Welles' production of Julius Caesar ; in Katharine Cornell's Herod and Marianne ; Guthrie McClintic's Christmas Eve ; the Theatre Guild's Jeremiah, by Stefan Zweig; John Golden's The Old Foolishness by Paul Vincent Carroll; and My Fair Ladies with Betty Furness and Celeste Holm.

Donehue enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1941 and served through 1945 attaining the rank of Major. While overseas he co-authored, produced and directed a play San Francisco that toured France and Germany. After the war he and playwright Horton Foote established Productions, Inc., an acting school and professional theater repertory company in Washington D.C., sharing the responsibilities of producer, director and manager together. This repertory company staged productions ranging from J. M. Synge's Deidre of the Spirits to William Saroyan's My Heart's in the Highlands .

In 1950 Donehue signed as a director for NBC-TV's Chevrolet Theatre with Fred Coe, who had been his summer stock roommate back in 1935. Subsequently Donehue was producer-director for the Gabby Hayes Americana dramas, an alternate director for Robert Montgomery Presents (1952), director of Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (1952-1956), and Producer's Showcase (1957-1958). He staged many teleplays during TV's "golden age" including Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth, Robert E. Sherwood's Reunion in Vienna, Clare Booth Luce's The Women, Paddy Chayefsky's The Big Deal, William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury, Rudolf Besier's The Barretts of Wimpole Street with Katharine Cornell, and the Mary Martin production of J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan (1960), one of the first television productions filmed on magnetic tape.

Donehue's career as a director on Broadway began with his staging of Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful with Lillian Gish in 1953. This was followed by Foote's Traveling Lady (1954), Tennessee William's Twenty-Seven Wagons Full of Cotton (1955), Dore Schary's Sunrise at Campobello (1958), Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein's The Sound of Music (1959), Morris L. West's Daughter of Silence (1961), S. N. Behrman's Lord Pengo (1962), Arthur Schwartz's Jennie (1963), and Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert's Catch Me If You Can (1965). He also directed two films: Lonelyhearts (1959) and Sunrise at Campobello (1960) both produced by Dore Schary.

Vincent Donehue received a Tony Award and a Film Daily Award for his direction of Sunrise at Campobello and a Director's Guild Award for his television direction of Peter Pan . He died of Hodgkin's disease on January 17, 1966 in New York City. He was fifty years old.

From the guide to the Vincent J. Donehue correspondence and ephemera, 1930-1973, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Dore Schary collection of letters by Confederate soldiers, 1861-1864 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Samuel and Bella Spewack Papers, ca.1920-1980 Columbia University. Rare Book an Manuscript Library
referencedIn Biography: Melvyn Douglas, 1972-1980 Indiana University, Bloomington. Center for the Study of History and Memory
referencedIn Welles mss., 1930-1950, (Bulk 1936-1947) Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Jan Peerce collection of sound recordings, 1932-1983 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn Lucille Lortel papers, 1902-2000 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Souvenir programs for theatrical productions, 1906-2005. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn The Nation, records, 1879-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Ford, J. mss., 1906-1976 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Vincent J. Donehue correspondence and ephemera, 1930-1973 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Vincent J. Donehue papers, 1946-1965 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Harvard Law School Forums Records Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Andreĭ Sakharov papers, 1852-2002 (inclusive), 1960-1990 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Howard Teichmann Papers, 1857-2001, (bulk 1940-1987) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Gore Vidal papers, 1850-2020 (inclusive), 1936-2008 (bulk) Houghton Library
referencedIn Franz Waxman Papers, 1922-1996 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Eldridge mss., 1941-1978 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin Papers, 1921-1993, (bulk 1940-1959) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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associatedWith Bellamy, Ralph, 1904- person
associatedWith Donehue, Vincent J., 1915-1966 person
associatedWith Dory Schary person
associatedWith Eldridge, James Anthony, 1920-1978 person
associatedWith Foote, Eleanor person
associatedWith Foote, Horton person
associatedWith Ford, John, 1895-1973 person
correspondedWith Gordon, Ruth, 1896-1985 person
correspondedWith Harvard Law School Forum corporateBody
associatedWith Higginbotham, Henry person
associatedWith Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory corporateBody
associatedWith Juneman, Helen Fay person
correspondedWith Kanin, Garson, 1912-1999 person
associatedWith Lortel, Lucille person
associatedWith Matthews, J. B. (Joseph Brown), 1894-1966 person
associatedWith Nation (New York, N.Y. : 1865). corporateBody
associatedWith Peerce, Jan, 1904-1984 person
associatedWith Saddler, Donald person
associatedWith Sakharov, Andreĭ, 1921-1989 person
associatedWith Spewack, Samuel, 1899-1971 person
correspondedWith Teichmann, Howard. person
correspondedWith Vidal, Gore, 1925- person
associatedWith Waxman, Franz, 1906-1967 person
associatedWith Welles, Orson, 1915- person
associatedWith Welles, Orson, 1915-1985 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Confederate States of America
Mobile (Ala.)
Theatrical producers and directors




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