Lilly, Doris (1926-1991)

NOTE: All or part of this collection is stored off-site. Several days' advance notice is required for retrieval.

The Doris Lilly collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, personal memorabilia, professional materials, research materials, legal materials, financial materials, photographs, artwork, diaries and journals, video, scrapbooks, and more.

The collection includes manuscripts for How to Marry A Millionaire (Putnam, 1951); How to Make Love in Five Languages (Bobbs, 1965); Those Fabulous Greeks: Onassis, Niarchos, and Livanos (Cowles, 1970); and How to Marry a Billionaire (Delacorte, 1984).

Correspondence collected between 1989 and 1990 is present, alongside undated exchanges and “old letters” from Lilly’s youth.  

In addition to juvenile correspondence, the collection includes Lilly’s Santa Monica High diploma and a bound volume of English compositions.

Professional materials in the collection include appointment logs and agenda books, which Lilly maintained between 1950 and 1989.

Research materials, constituted principally by clippings about celebrities and places of interest, pertain to Lilly’s gossip column. Notable subjects include Joan Crawford, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Anne Bancroft, Brigitte Bardot, Richard Burton, Stavros Niarchos, Cary Grant, Andy Warhol, Audrey Hepburn, Truman Capote, Dustin Hoffman, Marlon Brando, Natalie Wood, Mae West, Tennessee Williams, Elton John, and Mick Jagger, among others. Additional files contain materials regarding Africa, Denmark, Ethiopia, Israel, Kentucky, Hong Kong, and many more exotic locations worldwide.

Lilly’s legal materials include assorted contracts, letters of agreement, and documents pertaining to her lawyers.

Occasional financial materials are included, as well, such as income tax documents, bank statements, and bills.

Photographs in the collection are well documented, organized in both alphabetized subject files and numbered photo albums. Photographs capture both the subjects of Lilly’s research and Lilly herself.

Collected artwork includes drawings, pencil sketches, and water colors—occasionally signed—many of which depict costume designs and celebrities. A framed pastel of a woman in profile (from Paris) is also present.

Lilly’s collected diaries and journals consist of personal diaries and address books, totaling over 30 items.

Videos, recorded on beta tape, are filed under “The Doris Lilly Show” and “Doris Lilly.”

Numerous volumes of scrapbooks contain materials about Lilly, while others pertain to “Party Line” and “Inside Society.”

Notable Figures
1. Lilly, Doris
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Journalism Subject Guide
2. Journalism Subject Guide
3. Helen Deutsch Research Section
4. Gossip columnists
5. Celebrities -- United States
6. Women journalists – United States
7. American literature -- Women authors
8. Actresses -- United States
9. Women authors, American
10. American literature--20th century
11. Scrapbooks
12. Photographs
13. Diaries