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Marguerite and Reta Shaw papers,

Title
Marguerite and Reta Shaw papers, 1954-1970.
Author
Shaw, Marguerite, 1916-1983.

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Box 1Mixed materialSupervised useRequest*T-Mss 1993-033 Box 1Offsite
reel 1 - 1954-1970Mixed materialUse in libraryAvailable*ZC-540 reel 1 - 1954-1970Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
reel 2 - 1954-1970Mixed materialUse in libraryAvailable*ZC-540 reel 2 - 1954-1970Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre

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Additional Authors
Shaw, Reta, 1912-1982.
Description
2 boxes and 2 reels of microfilm.
Subjects
Note
  • A cassette tape of the memorial service for Marguerite Shaw was transferred to the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
Access (note)
  • Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Additional Formats (note)
  • are available on microfilm;
Source (note)
  • Mary Anne Wallace
Biography (note)
  • Marguerite Shaw, a character actress from South Paris, Maine, made her professional debut as Mabel in THE PAJAMA GAME (1955) and made her Broadway debut replacing her sister, Reta, in that role.
  • Reta Shaw, the older sister of Marguerite and also a character actress from South Paris, Maine, attended acting school after high school and had her first major appearance with the national touring company of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN.
Processing Action (note)
  • Cataloged
Call Number
*T-Mss 1993-033
Author
Shaw, Marguerite, 1916-1983.
Title
Marguerite and Reta Shaw papers, 1954-1970.
Restricted Access
Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Additional Formats
3 of the scrapbooks are available on microfilm; Billy Rose Theatre Collection, the New York Public Library; call number *ZC-540, 1-2.
Summary
The collection is mostly scrapbooks of photographs and clippings documenting the acting careers of the two Shaws. The scrapbooks also contain correspondence, programs and ephemera. The collection also has Marguerite's annotated actor's side for the part of Mabel in THE PAJAMA GAME and a doll dressed in the Cecil Beaton designed costume for Marguerite's role of Nellie Burns in TENDERLOIN which is stored in the Theatre Collection's T-cabinet, shelf #4.
Biography
Marguerite Shaw, a character actress from South Paris, Maine, made her professional debut as Mabel in THE PAJAMA GAME (1955) and made her Broadway debut replacing her sister, Reta, in that role. She repeated this role on national tour and in various productions, including a tour of South Africa. She appeared again on Broadway as Nellie Burns in TENDERLOIN (1960) and also appeared in summer stock, regional theater and television commercials. Marguerite Shaw, a graduate of Bates College with a Masters degree from Columbia University, was a dean at American University at the time of her professional debut. She was later a professor at Sarah Lawrence College.
Reta Shaw, the older sister of Marguerite and also a character actress from South Paris, Maine, attended acting school after high school and had her first major appearance with the national touring company of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. She was on Broadway in IT TAKES TWO, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES, PICNIC and THE PAJAMA GAME. Her films include THE PAJAMA GAME, MARY POPPINS, POLLYANNA and BACHELOR IN PARADISE. Her best known roles were on television as the housekeeper in THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR and Aunt Lil in MR. PEEPERS.
Added Author
Shaw, Reta, 1912-1982.
Research Call Number
*T-Mss 1993-033
*ZC-540
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