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Romney Brent papers

Title
Romney Brent papers, 1934-1975 (bulk dates 1969-1975)
Author
Brent, Romney, 1902-1976.
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StatusVol/DateFormatAccessCall NumberItem Location
Vol. 1 (1933-1935)Mixed materialRestricted use *T-Mss 1998-011 Vol. 1 (1933-1935)Offsite Rose - Performing Arts
Vol. 2 (1936-1937)Mixed materialRestricted use *T-Mss 1998-011 Vol. 2 (1936-1937)Offsite Rose - Performing Arts
Box 1Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1998-011 Box 1Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
reel 1 (1933-1935) Mixed materialUse in library *ZC-566 reel 1 (1933-1935) Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
reel 2 (1936-1937)Mixed materialUse in library *ZC-566 reel 2 (1936-1937)Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre

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Description
  • .41 lin. ft. (1 box)
  • 2 reels of microfilm
Subjects
Access (note)
  • Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Reproduction (note)
  • are available on microfilm;
Source (note)
  • Romney Brent
Biography (note)
  • Romney Brent, actor, writer and director was born in Mexico in 1902.
Processing Action (note)
  • Processed
  • Microfilmed
Call Number
*T-Mss 1998-011
Author
Brent, Romney, 1902-1976.
Title
Romney Brent papers, 1934-1975 (bulk dates 1969-1975)
Reproduction
Scrapbooks are available on microfilm; Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts; *ZC 566
Restricted Access
Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Summary
The Romney Brent papers document his career and contain correspondence, photographs and two scrapbooks. The collection is incomplete in that it contains only correspondence from his later years and photographs and scrapbooks from his early career. Correspondents include: Ilka Chase, Helen Hayes, Lillebil Ibsen, Alfred Lunt, Armina Marshall, Mary Martin, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Emlyn Williams and Peggy Wood. There is a large gap in the materials for the 1940s and 1950s. Some production photographs were separated to the Theatre Collection photo files. The photographs remaining in the collection are special appearances, the State Department sponsored tours and personal photographs.
Biography
Romney Brent, actor, writer and director was born in Mexico in 1902. He became an actor after viewing a Theatre Guild production, having tried both engineering and the law. His first role was as an acrobat in the production HE WHO GETS SLAPPED. Brent's acting career included roles in plays such as: PEER GYNT, THE DEVIL'S DISCIPLE, THE SQUALL, ANDROCLES AND THE LION, in which he played The Lion, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE as Launcelot Gobbo, and many others.
During the 1940s he began directing as well as acting. Some productions he directed include: THE WINTER'S TALE, THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, BRIGADOON and a Spanish language production of THE TEAHOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON. Romney Brent was a member of the State Department sponsored tours of South American in 1956, Europe and Latin America in 1961, and the Far East, with Helen Hayes, in 1965.
He wrote the comedy THE MAD HOPES in 1932 and collaborated on NYMPH ERRANT with Noel Coward. He married the actress Gina Malo in 1930 and had one daughter. Romney Brent died in Mexico City in 1976 at the age of 74.
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Chase, Ilka, 1905-1978.
Hayes, Helen, 1900-1993.
Ibsen, Lillebil, 1899-1989.
Lunt, Alfred.
Marshall, Armina.
Martin, Mary, 1913-1990.
Skinner, Cornelia Otis, 1901-1979.
Williams, Emlyn, 1905-1987.
Wood, Peggy, 1892-1978.
Research Call Number
*T-Mss 1998-011
*ZC-566
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