Carrington, Elaine Sterne.
Billy Rose Theatre Division
- circa 118 lin. ft. (235 boxes)
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The bulk of the collection consists of bound radio scripts(clean typescripts) for Carrington's popular daytime serials: PEPPER YOUNG'S FAMILY (1936-1959), WHEN A GIRL MARRIES (1939-1957), and ROSEMARY (1944-1955). There are also bound scripts for a few short radio serials as well as her CARRINGTON PLAYHOUSE. Also included is an extensive collection of her unbound scripts and stories for radio, magazine, the theater and television, arrangedalphabetically by title. These are mainly typescript, in various drafts, some with handwritten annotations. The collection also contains publicity and fan mail for her novel, THE ROAD OF AMBITION and her collected short stories, ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. The other series in the collection: personal papers, clippings, correspondence, speeches and interviews, though small, round out the collection by providing biographical information on Carrington. They also touch on some of the controversies her work raised such as the issue of radio censorship and the effect of daytime radio soap operas on national moraleduring World War II.
Elaine Sterne Carrington (1891-1958) was a highly successful writer of radio soap operas who flourished fromthe 1930s through the 1950s. She sold her first story at age thirteen; by her early twenties her stories were appearing in numerous magazines including HARPER'S, COLLIER'S, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING, RED BOOK and THE SATURDAY EVENING POST. Her career took off in 1932 when NBC radio bought her first daytime serial, RED ADAMS, which became RED DAVIS in 1934 and PEPPER YOUNG'S FAMILY in 1936. In 1939 she began WHEN A GIRL MARRIES, also for NBC. This was followed in 1944 by Rosemary for CBS. Called the queen of the soaps, soon she was the highest paid scriptwriter on radio.
Carrington also published a novel, THE ROAD OF AMBITION (1917) and a collection of her short stories, ALL THINGS CONSIDERED (1939). Her full-length plays, produced in summer theaters, include VILLA AT CANNES (1933), REMEMBER ME? (1953), MAGGIE, PACK YOUR BAGS (1954) and THE EMPRESS (1955). In 1946 she sponsored THE CARRINGTON PLAYHOUSE which produced original plays by new playwrights. She also wrote patriotic scripts for the Treasury Department during the war and comedies and dramas for television in the postwar era.
Controlled Access Terms
- Carrington, Elaine Sterne. Pepper Young's family.
- Carrington, Elaine Sterne. Rosemary.
- Carrington, Elaine Sterne. When a girl marries.
- Pepper Young's family (Radio program).
- Rosemary (Radio program).
- When a girl marries (Radio program).
- Television soap operas.
- Radio serials.
- Radio scripts.