Donehue, Vincent J., -1966

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Theatrical director, Vincent J. Donehue, worked primarily for the New York stage and television in the 1950s and 1960s.

He directed the Broadway musical, THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1959) and the television production of PETER PAN (1960), both with Mary Martin, as well as the play THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL (1953) with Lillian Gish, the movie, LONELYHEARTS (1959), and both the play and the movie, SUNRISE AT CAMPOBELLO (1958 and 1960). He also directed numerous plays and serials for television, primarily on NBC-TV in the 1950s.

From the description of Vincent J. Donehue papers, designs and plans, 1946-1965. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122579567

Theatrical director, Vincent J. Donehue, worked primarily for the New York stage and television in the 1950s and 1960s.

He directed the Broadway musical, THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1959) and the television production of PETER PAN (1960), both with Mary Martin, as well as the play THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL (1953) with Lillian Gish, the movie, LONELYHEARTS (1959), and both the play and the movie, SUNRISE AT CAMPOBELLO (1958 and 1960). He also directed numerous plays and serials for television, primarily on NBC-TV in the 1950s.

From the description of Vincent J. Donehue correspondence and ephemera, 1930-1973. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122378827

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 appearing as Cinna, the poet in Orson Welles' production of Julius Caesar, and 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 which 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 Show 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 Hodgkins disease on January 17, 1966 in New York City. He was fifty years old.

From the guide to the Vincent J. Donehue papers, 1946-1965, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre 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.)

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 appearing as Cinna, the poet in Orson Welles' production of Julius Caesar, and 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 which 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 Show 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 Hodgkins disease on January 17, 1966 in New York City. He was fifty years old.

From the guide to the Vincent J. Donehue designs and plans, 1950-1963, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

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creatorOf Donehue, Vincent J., 1915-1966. Vincent J. Donehue papers, designs and plans, 1946-1965. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Agor, Yaʻaḳov. 880-01 Avivha Paz, Israeli actress, in the play Piṭer Pen. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Gore Vidal papers, 1850-2020 (inclusive), 1936-2008 (bulk) Houghton Library.
creatorOf Agor, Yaʻaḳov. 880-01 Yaakov Agmon, Israeli actor, in the play Piṭer Pen. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Kroll, Lucy. Lucy Kroll papers, 1908-1998 (bulk 1950-1990). Library of Congress
creatorOf Vincent J. Donehue correspondence and ephemera, 1930-1973 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Lillian Gish papers, 1909-1992 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Donehue, Vincent J., d. 1966. Vincent J. Donehue correspondence and ephemera, 1930-1973. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Agor, Yaʻaḳov. 880-01 Piṭer Pen. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Vincent J. Donehue papers, 1946-1965 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Agor, Yaʻaḳov. 880-01 Piṭer Pen. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Lucy Kroll Papers, 1908-1998, (bulk 1950-1990) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Foote, Horton. The trip to Bountiful" : a television play / by Horton Foote ; Producer: Fred Coe ; Associate producer: Gordon Duff ; Director: Vincent Donehue. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Vincent J. Donehue designs and plans, 1950-1963 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Agor, Yaʻaḳov. 880-01 Gila Almagor, Israeli actress, in the play Piṭer Pen. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Philippe Halsman theatrical photographs, 1947-1969 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Ward Morehouse papers, 1877-1966, 1924-1966 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Besier, Rudolf, 1878-1942. The Barretts of Wimpole Street: typescript, 1956. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Agor, Yaʻaḳov. 880-01 Actors of the play Piṭer Pen. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
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