Zero and Kate Mostel papers 1915-1986
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Harvard College was founded by a vote of the Great and General Court of Massachusetts on October 28, 1636 that allocated “400£ towards a schoale or colledge.” Subsequent legislative acts established the Board of Overseers, but it was the Charter of 1650 that created the Harvard Corporation as the College's primary governing board and defined its composition and authority. The College Charter became a contentious target for College officials, the Massachusetts Governor and General C...
Organizational History President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1935 as a part of his New Deal to curtail the Depression's effects on the United States. The WPA attempted to provide the unemployed with jobs that allowed individuals to preserve skills or talents. The Federal Writers' Project (FWP), one branch of the WPA, provided work for over 6,600 unemployed writers, journalists, edit...
Ira Gershwin was an American lyricist who collaborated with his brother George Gershwin to create some of the most memorable songs in the English language of the 20th century. Born in Brooklyn, the oldest of four children. It was not until 1924 that Ira and George teamed up to write the music for what became their first Broadway hit Lady, Be Good. Some of their more famous works include "The Man I Love", "Fascinating Rhythm", "Someone to Watch Over Me", "I Got Rhythm" and "They Can't Take That A...
Stephen Sondheim was an American composer and lyricist. Sondheim started his theatre career by writing the lyrics for West Side Story (1957) and Gypsy (1959) before becoming a composer and lyricist. Sondheim's best-known works include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), Company (1970), Follies (1971), A Little Night Music (1973), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979), Merrily We Roll Along (1981), Sunday in the Park with George (1984), and Into the Woods (1987)...
Sono Osato (大里 ソノ) was a groundbreaking Japanese-American dancer and actress, who joined the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo and later performed with Ballet Theatre, and appeared on Broadway, creating roles in the musicals One Touch of Venus and On the Town. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the oldest of three children of Shoji Osato (1885–1955) and Frances Fitzpatrick (1897–1954). In 1925, her family moved to Chicago, Illinois, where her father opened a photography studio. In 1927, when she ...
Fiorello Henry La Guardia (born Fiorello Enrico La Guardia; December 11, 1882 – September 20, 1947) was an American attorney and politician who represented New York in the House of Representatives and served as the 99th Mayor of New York City from 1934 to 1945. Known for his irascible, energetic, and charismatic personality and diminutive stature, La Guardia is acclaimed as one of the greatest mayors in American history. Though a Republican, La Guardia was frequently cross-endorsed by other part...
Duke Ellington (b. Edward Kennedy Ellington, April 29, 1899, Washington, DC–d. May 24, 1974, New York, NY) was a composer, pianist, and jazz orchestra leader. He began piano lessons at 7 and wrote his first composition, "Soda Fountain Rag", in 1914. Ellington became a more serious piano student as a teenager after hearing poolroom pianists in Washington, DC. Ellington moved to Harlem, ultimately becoming part of the Harlem Renaissance in the early 1920s. He began a regular booking at the Cott...
Benny Goodman was born in Chicago, May 30, 1909. He received his first musical training at a local synagogue, and later studied clarinet with Franz Schoepp. Goodman made his debut at the age of twelve, and left home to become a full-time professional clarinetist when he was sixteen. After a decade of performing as a free-lancer and as a member of Ben Pollak's band, Goodman established his first big band in 1934, and soon it achieved unprecedented success. He won great ac...
From 1934 to 1937 The U.S. House Committee on Un-American Activities began as the Special Committee on Un-American Activities and was also known as the McCormack-Dickstein Committee. The Dies Committee, was created on May 26, 1938, with the approval of House Resolution 282, which authorized the Speaker of the House to appoint a special committee of seven members to investigate un-American activities in the United States, domestic diffusion of propaganda, and all other questions relating thereto...
Born in Princeton, New Jersey, on April 9, 1898, Paul Robeson was a multitalented man whose artistic and political career spanned over four decades, from the 1920s to the 1960s. Known worldwide during the 1930s and 1940s, he fell from prominence in the 1960s because of the political controversy that surrounded him during the McCarthy era. Robeson was a talented dramatic actor whose performance of Othello in this country in 1943-44 once held the record for the ...
Joan McCracken was a star of stage and screen, most notably a musical comedy star. She was born in Philadelphia on December 31, 1917 (most sources say 1922). A trained ballerina, she was the youngest soloist in the Philadelphia Ballet, starring Catherine Littlefield. Joan McCracken spent one year in the Radio City corps-de-ballet before moving to the Broadway stage. Her first role was in the original production of Oklahoma! in 1943. Other roles were in Bloomer Girl, Billion Dollar B...
Contains correspondence from Gladys Lloyd Cassell Robinson, wife of Edward G. Robinson. From the description of Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1940-1944. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155893597 American actor and author; b. Emanuel Goldenberg in Romania. From the description of Edward G. Robinson collection, 1912-1988. (Boston University). WorldCat record id: 71055456 Edward G. Robinson owned an electric company in Auro...
Biographical Note 1908, Oct. 5 Born, Texarkana, Tex. 1927 Diploma, Culver Military Academy,Culver, Ind. 1927 1931 Attended Princeton University,Princeton, N.J. ...
Actor. From the description of Sam Jaffe papers, 1915-1991 (bulk 1925-1984). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70984741 Biographical Note 1891, Mar. 10 Born Shalom Jaffe, New York, N.Y. 1912 Graduated College of the City of New York, New York, N.Y. ...
Paddy Chayefsky (1923-1981) was born Sidney Aaron Chayefsky in the Bronx, New York. While recovering from injuries sustained while serving in the U.S. Army during WWII he began to write. He spent the rest of his life writing for the stage as well as the screen. From the guide to the Paddy Chayefsky TV Script, 1954, (University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries. Special Collections Dept.) Paddy Chayefsky (1923-1981) was born Sidney Aaron Chayefsky in the Bronx, New York. While...
Harvey Fierstein, playwright. From the description of Spookhouse: typescript, 1981. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122378823 Harvey Fierstein, award-winning playwright, actor and gay rights activist, was born on June 6, 1954, in Brooklyn, New York. He received his B.F.A. from the Pratt Institute in 1973. Aware of his sexuality as a young man, he appeared as a female impersonator in Manhattan nightclubs in his early teens. His career as an actor began in 1971 ...
Eric Russell Bentley (1916- ) was an American editor, translator and professor of dramatic literature at Columbia University. From the description of Eric Bentley papers, ca. 1960-1964. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122517495 From the guide to the Eric Bentley papers, ca. 1960-1964, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.) Eric Bentley, theater critic and dramatist. From the description of Eric Bentley letters to Mary Douglas Di...
James Augustus Aloysius Joyce was born on February 2, 1882, in Rathgar, a borough of Dublin, Ireland, the eldest of ten children who survived infancy. In 1888 he was enrolled at Clongowes Wood College, a Jesuit boarding school near Dublin, where he stayed until 1891. Thereafter he attended Belvedere College, and then University College, Dublin, where he graduated in 1902 with a major in Italian. While at UCD Joyce wrote a paper in defense of Henrik Ibsen's drama called Drama and Life, which was ...
American theatrical producer and director. From the description of George Abbott letter to William Work, 1953 Mar. 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 502306264 ...
James Maury Henson, better known as Jim Henson, (b. September 24, 1936, Greenville, Mississippi–d. May 16, 1990, New York, New York), American puppeteer, artist, cartoonist, inventor, screenwriter, film director and producer who achieved international fame as the creator of the Muppets. He began developing puppets while attending high school, then while he was a freshman at the University of Maryland, College Park, he created Sam and Friends, a five-minute sketch-comedy puppet show that appeared...
Composed 1939.--Cf. Fleisher Collection. From the description of Concerto for piano and orchestra / Sol Kaplan.  (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 52496499 Sol Kaplan (1919-1990) was a music composer and conductor during the twentieth century. Kaplan composed soundtracks for numerous movies between the 1940s and 1970s, including "The Victors" (1963), "The Young Lovers" (1964), and "Living Free" (1972). He also composed music for several television ...
Epithet: theatrical agent British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001027.0x000308 Producer Alexander Henry Cohen was born on July 24, 1920 in New York City. He was the elder son of Alexander H. Cohen senior, a successful businessman, and Laura Tarantous Cohen. After his father's death, when Cohen was four, his mother married a banker and the family moved to Park Avenue. His younger brother Gerry committed ...
Actor. From the description of Reminiscences of Akim Tamiroff : oral history, 1959. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122620246 Akim Tamiroff (1899-1972), originally from Russia, came to the United States with a Moscow Theatre group in 1923. Together with his wife Tamara Shayne, he conducted a make-up academy in New York. He appeared in plays on Broadway including "Wonderbar" with Al Jolson and "Miracle at Verdun" before heading to Hollywood ...
English dramatist and architect. From the description of Autograph memorandum unsigned : [London, ca. 1708 Apr. 14]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270574031 From the description of Autograph manuscript of a petition signed : London, to the Lord Marshall, 1717 June 21. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270872391 English architect, scene designer and playwright. From the description of Explanation of the design, ca. 1700. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84546...
Equity Library Theatre (ELT) was started in 1943 by actor Sam Jaffe, a representative of the Actor's Equity Association, and George Freedley, the curator of the Theatre Collection of the New York Public Library. During the 1940s, ELT productions were staged in small performance spaces in the city's public libraries, which inspired the company's name. In the fall of 1949, a temporary home for ELT was established at the Lenox Hill Playhouse, in the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, at 33...
Barbara Hale was born in DeKalb, IL on April 18, 1922. She attended Chicago Academy for the Arts in Chicago before starting her acting career with a role in Higher and Higher (1943). She married actor Bill Williams in 1946. Hale has appeared in numerous screen and television productions but is most recognized as her character Della Street, legal secretary in the television drama Perry Mason (1957-66). Perry Mason was created by mystery writer Erle Stanley Gardner and was one of longest running l...
Epithet: of Add MS 39101 British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000987.0x000371 ...
The National Cartoonists Society grew out of the so-called "chalk talks" that a number of cartoonists did for the troops during World War II. The Society was officially formed in March of 1946 with Rube Goldberg as its first president. Within two weeks, the society had 32 members. As of 2011, the Society has 16 regional chapters and continues to foster cartoonists' involvement in worthy causes. See the NCS website at http://www.reuben.org for more information. From the guide to the N...
American author of works for the stage and screen also noted for his biographical essays and memoirs. S. N. Behrman was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1893. He was educated at Clark College, Harvard College (B.A. 1916) and Columbia University (M.A. 1918). During the late 1910s Behrman's short stories and book reviews appeared in magazines and newspapers including The Smart Set and The New York Times. During the 1920s he collaborated on stories and plays with Kenyon ...
American film director. From the description of Carbon copy of a typed letter : place not specified, to Darryl [Zanuck], undated [1952 Jan. or Feb.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 778505876 American film producer. From the description of Autograph letter signed : Philadelphia, to [John Steinbeck], undated . (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 777247890 From the description of Preservation photocopy of a typed letter : place not specified, to John Stein...
Herb Gardner, playwright. From the description of Conversations with my father : a play: typescript, 1992. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122431808 From the description of Thieves: screenplay, n.d. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122532950 ...
Biography Larry Simon Gelbart was born in Chicago, IL, Feb. 25, 1923-28 (sources vary); at age 16 he began comedy writing for radio's Maxwell House Coffee Times; from 1946-52, he continued writing for a variety of radio series such as "Duffy's Tavern" (1946), "Command Performance" (1946-47), and "The Bob Hope Show" (1949-52); started writing for television in 1950 and worked on shows including "The Red Buttons Show" and "Caesar's Television C...
Molière, playwright. From the description of The imaginary invalid : typescript, 1987, 13 November - 12 December. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122532910 ...
Jerry Bock, composer. Sheldon Harnick, lyricist. George Abbott and Jerome Weidman, book. John Weidman and Walter Bobbie, concert adaptation. From the description of Tenderloin: typescript, 2000. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122313832 Jerry Bock, composer. Sheldon Harnick, lyricist. Joe Masteroff, librettist. From the description of She loves me: typescript, 1993. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122531582 Jerr...
Murray Schisgal, playwright. From the description of Knit one, pearl two: typescript, n.d. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122575709 ...
Actor, author, and director. From the description of Garson Kanin papers, 1941-1965. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71130926 Biographical Note 1912, Nov. 24 Born, Rochester, N.Y. 1933 Graduated, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York, N.Y. Acted for ...
American stage, television and film actor, Richard Paul Kiley was best known for creating the Tony Award winning title role in Man of La Mancha in the original 1965 Broadway production. He was the first to sing and record the song, The Impossible Dream, and recreated the role in the London production, a Lincoln Center revival and a United States tour. Born in Chicago on March 31, 1922, Kiley began his career as a juvenile on radio and made his Broadway debut in Misalliance (1953) fo...
Arnold Wesker, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the playwright and director, a past President of the International Playwrights' Committee, was born on 24 May 1932 in Stepney, London, to Jewish parents. For fuller details of his life and achievements see Who's who . From the guide to the Autograph typescript and manuscript drafts of Arnold Wesker's contribution to a composite play entitled, Consequences, with related correspondence between him and Simon Reade, 1990-1991, (Le...
Neil Simon (b. Marving Neil Simon, July 4, 1927, Bronx, New York-d. August 26, 2018, Manhattan, New York), American playwright, screenwriter and author....