1907-1983. Papers. Series I. Correspondence


1907-1983. Papers. Series I. Correspondence


Includes correspondence, with various enclosures (clippings, photographs, financial or legal documents, script proposals, etc.), from Miss Swanson's family, friends, business associates, acquaintances, and fans, spanning many notables from numerous fields of endeavor. As many relationships overlapped personal, career, business, and other interests, this series should by no means be regarded as purely personal correspondence. The earliest correspondence in the collection is from her family. Most 1920s and 1930s correspondence is film related and located in Series II., Career, especially in the United Artists subseries. The 1940s are most prominently represented in the Multiprises, Inc. subseries of Series III., Business Interests. Among the correspondents are: Roy E. Aitken, Michelle Farmer Amon, Kenneth Anger, Robert Balzer, Tallulah Bankhead, Richard Barthelmess, Earl Blackwell, Virginia Bowker, Charles Brackett, Lewis L. Bredin, Harry A. Bruno, Carol Burnett, George Bush, Francis X. Bushman, Richard E. Byrd, Walter Byron, James Cagney, Eddie Cantor, Carol Channing, Maurice Chevalier, Henri Coanda, Ronald Colman, Noel Coward, Fleur Cowles, Joan Crawford, George Cukor, Michael Curtiz, Gloria Daly, Raymond W. Daum, William M. Davey, Marion Davies, Cecil B. DeMille, Indira Devi, Thomas E. Dewey, Theodore Dreiser, William Dufty, Alan Dwan, Nelson Eddy, David Edstrom, Mamie Doud Eisenhower, Harlan Ellison, Douglas Fairbanks, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Michael Farmer, José Ferrer, Hy Gardner, George, Duke of Kent, George Gershwin, Margaret Ghika, Lillian Gish, Hubert de Givenchy, Elinor Glyn, Edmund Goulding, Gladys Griffith, Alec Guinness, Edmund Gwenn, Forrest Halsey, Oscar Hammerstein II, Helen Hayes, Edith Head, William Randolph Hearst, Ethel Helmsing, Katharine Hepburn, Conrad Hilton, Prince Franz Hohenlohe, Bob Hope, Hedda Hopper, Edward Everett Horton, L. Ron Hubbard, René Hubert, William Bradford Huie, George S. Kaufman, Edward Moore Kennedy, Harold J. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Joseph P. Kennedy, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jean Kerr, Ed Koch, Kathryn Kuhlman, Michio Kushi, Henri de La Falaise, Henri Langlois, Beatrice LaPlante, Rod LaRocque, Jesse L. Lasky, Evelyn Laye, Vivien Leigh, Mervyn LeRoy, Clare Boothe Luce, Joel McCrea, Roddy McDowall, Frances Norton Manning, Arlette Marchal, Stanley Marcus, Frances Marion, Gene Markey, Herbert Marshall, James Michener, Marshall Neilan, David Niven, Richard M. Nixon, Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, Louella Parsons, Mary Pickford, ZaSu Pitts, Rosa Ponselle, Harold Prince, Ram Gopal, Ronald Reagan, Ginger Rogers, Eleanor Roosevelt, Adela Rogers St. Johns, Elsa Schiaparelli, Gustave Schirmer, David O. Selznick, Joseph Sharfshin, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, R. Lawrence Siegel, Herbert K. Somborn, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Steichen, Preston Sturges, Ed Sullivan, Joseph Patrick Swanson, Joseph Theodore Swanson, Bess Truman, Valentina, Erich Von Stroheim, Raoul Walsh, Barbara Walters, LeRoy P. ("Sport") Ward, Clifton Webb, Orson Welles, Dan Werlé, Billy Wilder, Lois Wilson, Walter Winchell, Sam Wood, Adelaide Woodruff, Florenz Ziegfeld, Adolph Zukor, and others. Among some of the more intriguing pieces of correspondence are: a letter from a twelve year old John F. Kennedy, thanking Miss Swanson for a Christmas present; a signed, self-caricature note from George Gershwin; René Hubert's voluminous, illustrated correspondence; early papers of Herbert K. Somborn's company, Equity Pictures; and a series of mail from Kenneth Anger, which arose from a lawsuit involving his book Hollywood Babylon. There is relatively little correspondence with Joseph P. Kennedy; most of it is found in Series II., Career, and it is generally characterized by business dealings. Also included is a large group of fan mail, and fans' addresses kept on index cards, with carbons of responses, or notations that photographs or letters were sent, or perhaps a phone call was made.

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Stanwyck, Barbara, 1907-1990

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Barbara Stanwyck (1907-1990) began her acting career in stage and silent movies. She eventually appeared in more than 80 motion pictures, including "Christmas in Connecticut," "Double Indemnity," and "Walk on the Wild Side." Stanwyck also appeared in numerous television programs, including "The Big Valley," and the mini-series "The Thornbirds." She won an emmy for her work in "The Thornbirds" and an oscar for lifetime achievement in motion pictures. From the description of Barbara St...

Cowles, Fleur.

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Painter, illustrator and writer; London, England. Born 1910. Married name Fleur Cowles Meyer. From the description of Fleur Cowles printed material, [undated] and 1968. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 86122886 ...

Byrd, Richard Evelyn Jr., 1888-1957

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Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd Jr. (October 25, 1888 – March 11, 1957) was an American naval officer and explorer. He was a recipient of the Medal of Honor, the highest honor for valor given by the United States, and was a pioneering American aviator, polar explorer, and organizer of polar logistics. Aircraft flights in which he served as a navigator and expedition leader crossed the Atlantic Ocean, a segment of the Arctic Ocean, and a segment of the Antarctic Plateau. Byrd claimed that his ex...

St. Johns, Adela Rogers.

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Journalist, novelist and screenwriter (1894-1988), best known for her reporting for the Hearst newspapers in the 1920s and 1930s. Awarded the United States Medal of Freedom in 1970. From the description of Collection of papers relating to her novel, Tell no man, 1966. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122530621 Author. From the description of Reminiscences of Adela Rogers St. Johns : oral history, 1971. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record ...

Markey, Gene, 1895-1980

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Author. Markey, a retired admiral in the U.S. Navy and a motion picture producer, married Lucille Parker Wright, owner of Calumet Farm, Ky. in 1952. From the description of That fair paradise : typescript, 1956-1960. (University of Kentucky Libraries). WorldCat record id: 13717569 ...

Schiaparelli, Elsa, 1890-1973

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Woodruff, Adelaide.

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Kennedy, Joseph P. (Joseph Patrick), 1888-1969

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Joseph P. Kennedy (1888-1969) was the father of President John F. Kennedy. During his career he was a banker, financier, and diplomat. From 1934 to 1937, he served as Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and was the Chairman of the Maritime Commission in 1937. Kennedy served as Ambassador to Great Britain from 1938 to 1940. From the description of Kennedy, Joseph P. (Joseph Patrick), 1888-1969 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10581186 ...

Curtiz, Michael, 1888-1962

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Olivier, Laurence, 1907-1989

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English actor. From the description of Autograph letters signed (5) : London and Naples, to Denys Blakelock, 1947-1953. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270872061 From the description of Autograph letter signed : "South Indian Ocean" [on the way to Australia], to Denys Blakelock, 1947 Mar. 9. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270872063 From the description of Typed letter signed (8) : London, to Denys Blakelock, 1948-1964. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270874989 ...

Ziegfeld, Flo, 1869-1932

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American theatrical producer. From the description of Florenz Ziegfeld Collection, 1893-1979 (bulk 1910-1930). (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC); University of Texas at Austin). WorldCat record id: 79415204 Florenz Ziegfeld was born in Chicago in 1867. He was sent to Europe to recruit talent for his father's show at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago, but returned instead with a circus strongman named Eugene Shadow who became the surprise hit of the season. Over t...

Fairbanks, Douglas.

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Channing, Carol, 1921-

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Carol Channing (b. January 31, 1921, Seattle, WA) is an American actress, singer, dancer and comedian. Notable for starring in Broadway and film musicals, her characters typically radiate a fervent expressiveness and an easily identifiable voice, whether singing or for comedic effect. She began as a Broadway musical actress, starring in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1949, and Hello, Dolly! in 1964, when she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She revived both roles several times thro...

Neilan, Marshall A., 1891-1958

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Truman, Bess Wallace, 1885-1982

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Elizabeth Virginia “Bess” Truman was the wife of Harry S. Truman and First Lady of the United States from 1945 to 1953. She served as her husband’s secretary and was known for often voicing her opinions. Whistle-stopping in 1948, President Harry Truman often ended his campaign talk by introducing his wife as “the Boss” and his daughter, Margaret, as “the Boss’s Boss,” and they smiled and waved as the train picked up steam. The sight of that close-knit family gallantly fighting against such lo...

Langlois, Henri, 1914-1977

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Indira Devi, 1920-.

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Schirmer, Gustave.

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McDowall, Roddy

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Von Stroheim, Erich, 1885-1957

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Balzer, Robert Lawrence

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Werlé, Dan.

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LaRocque, Rod.

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Daum, Raymond W.

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Davies, Marion, 1897-1961

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Motion picture actress. From the description of Scrapbooks, 1925-1928. (Natural History Museum Foundation, Los Angeles County). WorldCat record id: 18056499 ...

Ellison, Harlan

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Givenchy, Hubert ˜deœ 1927-

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Eddy, Nelson, 1901-1967

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Farmer, Michael T.

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Selznick, David O., 1902-1965

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Selznick was an American film producer. Chapman was an American playwright, theatrical consultant, professor of English literature, and Director of the Loeb Drama Center at Harvard University. From the description of Letters to Robert Harris Chapman, 1956. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79662527 From the guide to the Letters to Robert Harris Chapman, 1956., (Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University) The power companie...

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...

Dwan, Allan, 1885-1981

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Allan Dwan was a film director. He was born in Toronto, Canada on April 3, 1885. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in electrical engineering. Allan worked for Essanay as a scenario editor, later moving to the American Film Company. He married Betty Marie Shelton and had no children. He directed more than 400 films from 1909 until his death. His pictures included "Hold Back the Night", "Restless Breed", and "Rivers Edge." Allan Dwan died of heart failure on December 21,...

Cukor, George, 1899-1983.

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Film director. From the description of Reminiscences of George Dewey Cukor : oral history, 1971. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122569616 Cukor was born and raised in New York City and became a director of stage and screen, working primarily at MGM. He died in 1983. From the description of George Cukor Christmas card : print, 1967. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 754872715 ...

Brackett, Charles, 1892-1969

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Actor. From the description of Reminiscences of Charles Brackett : oral history, 1959. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122597155 ...

Glyn, Elinor, 1864-1943

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English author of sensational and romantic novels. From the description of Elinor Glyn letters to Will Orton Tewson [manuscript], 1913 October 23, 28. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 613612651 Elinor Glyn was born October 17, 1864 in Jersey, Channel Islands, the daughter of Douglas and Elinor Saunders Sutherland. She was raised by her mother after her father died of typhoid fever when Glyn was only a few months old, received only the minimal education available...

Huie, William Bradford, 1910-1986

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Author, journalist and literary editor. Author of The Americanization of Emily, The execution of Private Slovik, The Klansmen and many other popular fiction and non-fiction books on American social history, some of which were adapted for screenplays. Huie's books and writings often dealt with controversial racial, social and political issues. He was an outspoken opponent of racial injustice in his native Alabama and authored a series of books about violence in the South during the civil rights m...

Kuhlman, Kathryn

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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 ...

Blackwell, Earl

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Marcus, Stanley, 1905-

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Lasky, Jesse L., 1880-1958

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Kennedy, Edward Moore, 1932-2009

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Edward Moore Kennedy (b. Feb. 22, 1932, Boston, Mass.-d. Aug. 25, 2009), graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in government in 1956, and received his LL.B. from the University of Virginia in 1959. He served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953. He was elected democratic senator from Massachusetts in 1962, served until his death in August 2009. He was the Assistant District Attorney for Suffolk County from 1961 to 1962, and sought the Democratic nomination for president in 1980....

Zukor, Adolph, 1873-1976

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Film producer, executive. From the description of Reminiscences of Adolph Zukor : oral history, 1958. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 86131591 ...

Marshall, Herbert, 1890-1966

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Epithet: Dr; of Sloane MS 1326 British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001192.0x0003b5 Herbert Marshall was a monoglot Englishman who came to work at the Aluminium Works (Laboratory Department) at Dolgarrog, Caernarfonshire. He learnt Welsh and could speak it exceptionally well. Later, he emigrated to Canada. He studied the mid-Conwy Valley extensively, consulting manuscripts and examining the ...

Gardner, Hy.

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Helmsing, Ethel.

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Rogers, Ginger, 1911-1995

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Performer and trick roper who used various surnames. Not to be confused with the film actress. From the description of Collection. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 166508253 Actress. From the description of Reminiscences of Ginger Rogers : oral history, 1980. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309724057 ...

Shriver, Eunice Kennedy

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LeRoy, Mervyn, 1900-1987

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Moving-picture producer and director. From the description of Reminiscences of Mervyn LeRoy : oral history, 1971. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122419897 ...

Michener, James A. (James Albert), 1907-1997

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Author; d. 1997. From the description of James A. Michener Chesapeake collection, 1975-1978. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70973705 Author. From the description of James A. Michener papers, 1906-1992 (bulk 1945-1992). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71063535 James Albert Michener was born in 1907 to unknown parents and raised as an orphan in the care of widow Mabel Michener of Doylestown, Pennsylvania. By the time he graduated from high school in 1925, h...

Hepburn, Katharine, 1907-2003

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Katharine Hepburn (b. May 12, 1907, Hartford, Conn.-d. June 29, 2003, Old Saybrook, Conn.), American actress. From the description of Hepburn, Katharine, 1907-2003 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10580735 American actress. From the description of Autograph letter signed : [Beverly Hills], to Edward Wagenknecht, 1949 May 2. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270864087 Although she was best known as a star of the screen,...


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Kennedy, Harold J.

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Actor. From the description of Reminiscences of Harold J. Kennedy : oral history, 1981. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122376744 ...

Amon, Michelle Farmer.

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Laplante, Béatrice

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Pitts, ZaSu, 1898-1963

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Webb, Clifton.

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Daly, Gloria.

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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 ...

Bowker, Virginia.

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Laye, Evelyne 1967-

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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...

Bredin, Lewis L.

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Byron, Walter, 1901-1972

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Bruno, H. A. (Harry Augustine), 1893- .

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Somborn, Herbert K.

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Cagney, James, 1899-1986

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Actor. From the description of Reminiscences of James Cagney : oral history, 1958. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122573987 Harlan Ware (1902-1967) (whose full name was William Harlan Ware) was born in Lakota, North Dakota, and educated in the public schools of Winnetka, Illinois. He was a police reporter for the City News Bureau in Chicago. He wrote novels, plays, and radio scripts. His best-known scripts are for the radio programs "The B...

Hubert, René 1895-1976

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Sturges, Preston, Jr.

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Born Aug. 29, 1898 in Chicago as Edmond Preston Biden; inventor of kissproof lipstick for mother's cosmetic company; wrote hit Broadway play, Strictly dishonorable, 1929; moved to Hollywood, 1933; worked as screenwriter, and beginning in 1940 as a writer-director of satiric comedies; Academy Award for screenplay The great McGinty, 1940; left Paramount Pictures in 1944, and had a short business association with Howard Hughes, founding California Pictures in mid-1940s; lived in Europe for a period...

Aitken, Roy E.

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La Falaise, Henry de

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