Lansbury, Angela (1925- )
The Angela Lansbury collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, printed material, personal memorabilia, professional material, audio recordings, video recordings, and other items.
Manuscripts in the collection primarily consist of scripts and screenplays for stage plays, musicals, and films in which Lansbury has appeared. Most titles include one or more drafts of the script along with relevant programs, printed reviews, publicity items, photographs, correspondence, financial records, or other documents (the type and amount of records vary with each title). Play and musical titles include All Over, by Edward Albee (1970-1972); Gypsy, by Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim, and Jule Styne (1973-1975); Hamlet, by William Shakespeare (1975); The King and I, by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (1978); Mame, by Jerome Lawrence, Robert E. Lee and Jerry Herman (1966-1976); Prettybelle, by Bob Merrill and Jule Styne (1971); Sondheim: A Musical Tribute (1973); and Sweeny Todd (1979). Films include The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders (1965); Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971); Death on the Nile (1978); The Harvey Girls (1946); In the Cool of the Day (1962); The Mirror Crack'd (1980); The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945); The Private Affairs of Bel Ami (1947); The Red Danube (1948); The Reluctant Debutante (1958); Something for Everyone (1970); Woman Without a Face (1966); All About Eve; Beauty and the Beast; The Blackwater Lightship; Lettuce and Lovage; Nanny McPhee; The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax, A Green Journey, Mrs. Arris Goes to Paris, The Shell Seekers, The Visit, and an episode of the series Murder, She Wrote. Also present is a draft of a speech Lansbury gave at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center in 2003.
Correspondence in the collection dates from 1943 to 2004, and includes both personal and professional correspondence. Notable correspondents include Edward Albee, Julie Andrews, Bea Arthur, Alec Baldwin, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Joan Crawford, Al Gore, Katharine Hepburn, Bob Hope, Harold Prince, Nancy Reagan, Rex Reed, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Walters, and many others.
Photographs in the collection date from 1924 to 2010. The earlier photos include several images of Lansbury as a child with her family. Other images include Lansbury performing on stage, backstage at various performances, at home, and with various other individuals. Images of notable individuals include Bill and Hillary Clinton, Walter Cronkite, Lauren Bacall, Stephen Sondheim, Victor Garber, Harold Prince, John Frankenheimer, and others.
Printed material in the collection includes newspaper clippings, magazines, and other items regarding Lansbury and her family, as well as articles and reviews regarding her performances; these items date from 1944 to 2007. Other printed items include invitations, programs, and publicity from various lectures, dinner engagements, and other public appearances by Lansbury. Sheet music in the collection includes music for Sweeny Todd, The Visit, Gypsy, and Prettybelle.
Memorabilia in the collection includes Lansbury's Academy Award nominations for best supporting actress for Gaslight (1944), The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945), and The Manchurian Candidate (1962). Also present is Lansbury's certificate of nomination for best actress in a musical or comedy from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, for Something for Everyone (1970). Also included are several other awards and nominations, including three Golden Globe nominations for Murder, She Wrote and three Emmy nominations. Also present are Lansbury's gold records for Mame and Beauty and the Beast Read-A-Long. Other musical recordings in the collection include the long-playing records for the original Broadway casts of Mame and Gypsy; and the compact disc recordings of Anyone Can Whistle; Beauty and the Beast; Mame; and Sweeny Todd.
Professional material includes press kits for Murder, She Wrote and Mrs. Santa Claus.
Audio recordings in the collection include reel-to-reel tape recordings of the opening night of Mame (1966), as well as Lansbury's appearances on The David Frost Show (1971), The Dick Cavett Show (1972), and The Julie Andrews Show (1973).
Film and video in the collection include a VHS video cassette of an interview from 2003; "The Making of 'The Blackwater Lightship'" (VHS); The Court Jester (DVD); Gaslight (DVD); The Harvey Girls (DVD); The Manchurian Candidate (DVD); and "The Lotos Club State Dinner, January 26, 2010" (DVD). Other material in the collection includes 2 scrapbooks; a group of receipts from 1992; and a poster regarding the Lotos Club State Dinner given in honor of Lansbury (2010).