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Helen Hayes correspondence with Anita Loos.

Title
Helen Hayes correspondence with Anita Loos.
Author
Hayes, Helen, 1900-1993.
Publication
1946-1993 and undated

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Box 1Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 2005-016 Box 1Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre

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Additional Authors
Loos, Anita, 1893-1981.
Description
.25 lin. ft (1 box)
Subjects
Note
  • This collection is a combination of a recent gift/purchase and earlier holdings of Helen Hayes Papers that were cataloged in the Library's *T-Cage file and as 8-MWEZ + n.c. 28632. As the materials are all stamped "From The Estate of Anita Loos," they appear to share the same provenance though they did not share the same route to the Library.
Access (note)
  • Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Biography (note)
  • Helen Hayes (1900-1993), leading American actress, known as the "First Lady of American Theater," made her stage debut in 1905 and by the 1920s was a fixture on the Broadway stage, appearing over the years in such classics as SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER, MARY OF SCOTLAND, THE FRONT PAGE, and THE GLASS MENAGERIE, and as Queen Victoria in VICTORIA REGINA, perhaps her best-known role.
  • Anita Loos, American author and screenwriter, wrote over 150 screenplays beginning in the silent era, but is perhaps best known for her 1925 novel, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES, which she adapted for both the stage and screen.
Call Number
*T-Mss 2005-016
Author
Hayes, Helen, 1900-1993.
Title
Helen Hayes correspondence with Anita Loos.
Imprint
1946-1993 and undated
Summary
Letters, cards and postcards by Hayes to Loos are intimate and detailed, providing a rich depiction of Hayes' work, theatrical touring and personal life. Most of the material is undated. Also includes a few letters and telegrams from Loos to Hayes, a few items of correspondence with third parties, a few clippings and a snapshot of Hayes from 1978.
Restricted Access
Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Biography
Helen Hayes (1900-1993), leading American actress, known as the "First Lady of American Theater," made her stage debut in 1905 and by the 1920s was a fixture on the Broadway stage, appearing over the years in such classics as SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER, MARY OF SCOTLAND, THE FRONT PAGE, and THE GLASS MENAGERIE, and as Queen Victoria in VICTORIA REGINA, perhaps her best-known role.
Anita Loos, American author and screenwriter, wrote over 150 screenplays beginning in the silent era, but is perhaps best known for her 1925 novel, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES, which she adapted for both the stage and screen. Her witty touch helped propel the careers of Douglas Fairbanks, Mae West, Carol Channing and Marilyn Monroe. In the 1940s, Loos was asked by her friend, actress Helen Hayes, to write a script that would help Hayes break out of a string of overly serious roles. Loos wrote HAPPY BIRTHDAY, starring a librarian in a bar. The play premiered on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theater on Halloween 1946 and ran for 564 performances. Later, Loos collaborated with Hayes on a book about New York City, TWICE OVER LIGHTLY: NEW YORK THEN AND NOW (1972).
Occupation
Actors.
Added Author
Loos, Anita, 1893-1981.
Research Call Number
*T-Mss 2005-016
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