Papers. Series II. Career, ca. 1914-1983.

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Swanson, Gloria. Papers. Series II. Career, ca. 1914-1983.

Papers. Series II. Career, ca. 1914-1983.

Nearly all of Miss Swanson's sixty-six motion pictures, 1914-1975, are represented by film stills and other materials. This collection does include some of Swanson's film holdings, though most were acquired by George Eastman House in 1967. Coverage is sparsest for her beginnings at Essanay Studios, Sennett/Keystone Studios, and Triangle Company. The Famous Players-Lasky Corp./Paramount Pictures period, 1919-1926, is more comprehensively documented with groups of stills and scrapbooks, clippings, correspondence, contracts, and publicity items. The substantial correspondence, financial, legal, and production records of the United Artists years, 1925-1933, occupy forty boxes, yet only meagre files for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Fox Films, and Columbia Pictures Corp. represent Swanson's career for the remainder of the 1930s. Records of the scattered later films with RKO Radio Pictures, Paramount Pictures Corp., Warner Brothers, Titanus-Lux Films, and Universal City Studios, Inc. complete this subseries. Of these, the fullest records exist for Swanson's famous appearance in Paramount's Sunset Boulevard in 1950. Also represented is Swanson's involvement in other entertainment branches, which extended to radio (1927-1981, including The Gloria Swanson Show, 1951), television (1944-1981, including The Gloria Swanson Hour broadcast during the "stone age" of television in 1948), and theatre (1937-1977, including three Broadway productions, Twentieth Century, Nina, and Butterflies Are Free). Correspondents in this series include Steve Allen, Eve Arden, Richard Banks, Vilma Banky, Beverly Bayne, Pierre A. Bedard, Francesca Bertini, Virginia Bowker, Walter Byron, James Card (George Eastman House), Richard Chamberlain, Charlie Chaplin, Ruth Chatterton, Dick Clark, Lenore J. Coffee, George Cukor, André Daven, Cecil B. DeMille, E. B. Derr, Marlene Dietrich, Allan Dwan, Ralph Edwards, Laurence Eyre, Douglas Fairbanks, José Ferrer, Blanche Friderici, Eva Gabor, Elinor Glyn, Samuel Goldwyn, Edmund Goulding, D. W. Griffith, Richard Griffith (Museum of Modern Art), Texas Guinan, Helen Hayes, Will H. Hays, Edith Head, Lance Heath, Hedda Hopper, René Hubert, Danny Kaye, Buster Keaton, Arthur W. Kelley, Harold J. Kennedy, Joseph P. Kennedy, Henri de La Falaise, Rod LaRocque, Jesse L. Lasky, Viola Lawrence, Evelyn Laye, Gypsy Rose Lee, Alan Jay Lerner, Mervyn LeRoy, Josephine Lovett, Clare Marafioti, Frances Marion, Somerset Maugham, Louis B. Mayer, Thomas A. Moore, Edward R. Murrow, Conrad Nagel, Condé Nast, Bertram S. Nayfack, Marshall Neilan, Dennis F. O'Brien, Albert Parker, Mary Pickford, ZaSu Pitts, Harry Poppe, Joseph M. Schenck, Clinton J. Scollard, Ted Shawn, Aaron Spelling, Charles E. Sullivan, Ed Sullivan, Constance Talmadge, Norma Talmadge, Irving G. Thalberg, Jack Valenti, Erich Von Stroheim, Irving R. Wakoff, Raoul Walsh, Jack Warner, Billy Wilder, Lois Wilson, Adolph Zukor, and others. The work of numerous writers (Gertrude Behanna, Lenore J. Coffee, James Ashmore Creelman, Laura Hope Crews, Delmer Daves, William Dufty, Laurence Eyre, Allan Jay Friedman, Leonard Gershe, Forrest Halsey, Ben Hecht, Lillian Kemble-Cooper, Harold J. Kennedy, Alan Jay Lerner, Josephine Lovett, Clare Boothe Luce, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Frances Marion, Richard Matheson, Preston Sturges, Erich Von Stroheim, Billy Wilder, and others), photographers (Ernest A. Bachrach, Edward O. Bagley, Russell Ball, Marcus Blechman, Clarence Sinclair Bull, Harold Carter, William Eglinton, Eliot Elisofon, Ellen Graham, G. L. Manuel Frères, Donald Biddle Keyes, Jack Mitchell, Nickolas Muray, Alexander Phillips, Melbourne Spurr, Edward Steichen), and lyricists and composers (most notably Edmund Goulding, Dickson Hughes, Elsie Janis, Franz Lehar, Dorothy Parker, Richard Stapley, and Vincent Youmans) is included in this collection. Also included in this series are career-related materials from actors' groups, film and television organizations, libraries, museums, and universities. The largest group of files included here center around the later records of Queen Kelly, 1956-1985, documenting ownership, copyright, domestic and foreign showings, television rights, use in documentary films, etc. Also included are files containing repository agreements and correspondence concerning Miss Swanson's personal film collection at the Museum of Modern Art (ca. 1944-1967) and George Eastman House (1967-1982).

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Murrow, Edward R., 1908-1965

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Edward R. Murrow was born as Egbert Roscoe Murrow on April 25, 1908 near Greensboro, North Carolina. He graduated from Washington State College in 1930 and then served a two-year term as president of the National Student Federation of America. He joined the Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced German Scholars in 1933 and did occasional radio talks. Based on these broadcasts he was hired as director of talks and education for CBS in 1935. In 1934 he married Janet Brewster, a 1933 Mount Holyoke...

Thalberg, Irving G., 1899-1936

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Bánky, Vilma 1898-1991

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Gloria Swanson British Productions, Ltd.

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Scollard, Clinton

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Eglinton, William.

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Marafioti, Clare.

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O'Brien, Dennis P.

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Gloria Swanson Pictures Corporation, Ltd.

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Behanna, Gertrude, 1894?-1976.

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Wilder, Billy, 1906-2002

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Billy Wilder, 1906-2002, filmmaker and art collector of Beverly Hills, Calif. From the description of Oral history interview with Billy Wilder, 1995 Feb. 14. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 83334927 Billy Wilder, screenwriter and director; I.A.L. Diamond, screenwriter. From the description of Love in the afternoon : screenplay, n.d. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122608348 Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond, screenwriters; Sir Arthur Conan Do...

Talmadge, Norma, 1894-1957

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Lehár, Franz, 1870-1948

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Austrian composer of operettas, including "The Merry Widow." Born in Hungary. From the description of Franz Lehar calling card [manuscript], 1914 Jun 3. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 301965214 Austrian composer and conductor of Hungarian origin. From the description of Autograph note on his visiting card, dated : [Vienna, n.d.], to an unidentified recipient, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270873500 From the description of Autograp...

Spurr, Melbourne

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Melbourne Spurr arrived in Hollywood around 1917 and worked for the noted photographer Fred Hartsook taking portraits of the early stars. Spurr photographed Mary Pickford while working at the Hartsook studio and so impressed her that she personally helped launch his career as a Hollywood portrait photographer. By the mid 1920s he was one of the premier celebrity portraitists in the world. By this time, though, the major movie studios were mandating that their stars could only be photographed by ...

Heath, Lance

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Mankiewicz, Joseph L.

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Joseph L. Mankiewicz, screenwriter; John Klempner, novelist, and Vera Caspary, screenwriter and adapter, uncredited here. From the description of A letter to three wives : screenplay, 1948 May 19. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122615419 Writer, director. From the description of Reminiscences of Joseph L. Mankiewicz : oral history, 1958. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122419436 From the description of R...

Banks, Richard, 1929-

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Goldwyn, Samuel, 1882-1974

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Epithet: film producer British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001305.0x0003a8 ...

Parker, Dorothy, 1893-1967

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Author; interviewee married Alan Campbell. From the description of Reminiscences of Dorothy Rothschild Parker : oral history, 1959. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 86158240 Dorothy Parker was born in West End, New Jersey, in an upper-middle-class family of mixed heritage. Estranged from her parents due to her dislike of her strict, devout stepmother, she read voraciously and wrote verse. Seeking a career in literature, she worked for Vogue,...

Pickford, Mary, 1892-1979

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Actress; interviewee married Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and Charles (Buddy) Rogers. From the description of Reminiscences of Mary Pickford : oral history, 1959. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122419352 Star of the silent screen, Mary Pickford, called America's sweetheart, was perhaps the most famous actress of her day. From the guide to the Mary Pickford scrapbook, 1915-1917, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Divisio...

Paramount pictures corporation

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The Ten commandments (1956) was Cecil B. De Mille's last film and is best known for its Academy Award winning special effects; based on the story of Moses and the Jewish Exodus from Egypt (previously filmed, 1923), the cast featured among others, Charlton Heston, Anne Baxter, Yul Brynner, Edward G. Robinson, and Yvonne De Carlo; produced and directed by De Mille with assoc. producer Henry Wilcoxon; written by Dorothy Clare Wilson (from Prince of Egypt), Rev. J.H. Ingraham (Pillar of fire), and R...

Warner, Jack L., 1892-1978

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LaRocque, Rod.

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Valenti, Jack

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United Artists Corporation

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Elisofon, Eliot, 1911-1973

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Eliot Elisofon (1911-1973), American photojournalist, filmmaker, author, artist, lecturer, and art collector, was best known as a photographer for LIFE magazine and as an expert on African art....

Head, Edith

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Edith Head was a hollywood costume designer. From the description of Ten Commandments costume continuity book, 1954-4956. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 367827687 According to the donor, the sketches are executed by various studio artists, following the design ideas of Edith Head, and approved by Head. From the description of Design illustrations for Western films [graphic]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81150916 ...

Swanson, Gloria

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Actress. From the description of Reminiscences of Gloria Swanson : oral history, 1958. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122620278 American actress, motion-picture producer, and author. From the description of Papers. Series II. Career, ca. 1914-1983. (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC); University of Texas at Austin). WorldCat record id: 122419032 From the description of Papers. Series VI. After Death, 1983-19...

Keaton, Buster, 1895-1966

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Comedian. From the description of Reminiscences of Joseph Francis (Buster) Keaton : oral history, 1958. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309743794 ...

Marion, Frances, 1888-1973

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Screenwriter. From the description of Reminiscences of Frances Marion : oral history, 1958. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122528565 ...

Daven, André

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Art Cinema Corporation.

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Keyes, Donald Biddle.

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Moore, Thomas Allen.

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Pitts, ZaSu, 1898-1963

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Bayne, Beverly, 1895-1982

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American motion picture actress. From the description of Papers, 1912-1993. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 367561493 From the guide to the Beverly Bayne papers, 1912-1993, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections) ...

Card, James Van Dyck

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