Parrish, Robert (1916-1995)
Scope:
The Robert Parrish collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, and other material.
 
Manuscripts by Parrish include several drafts of Growing Up in Hollywood (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1976), along with editorial correspondence (1973-1976) hundreds of photographs of Parrish and his family, as well as several film stills from features including Parrish or his sister, Helen Parrish (including several images chosen by Parrish that didn’t appear in the published version of the book); Hollywood Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (Little, Brown and Co. 1988); several magazine articles (1976-1979, 1995); a book review of Edwark Dmytryk’s It’s a Hell of a Life But Not a Bad Living (1978), along with bound proofs of Dmytryk’s book; drafts of screenplays titled The Blackbirder and October Country by Parrish and Bertrand Taverner; several blurbs and letters provided to Parrish by various actors and writers, to promote his memoir Growing Up in Hollywood, including items by Martha Gellhorn, Nunnally Johnson, Jack Lemmon, David Niven, Billy Wilder and Kevin Brownlow; and other items.
 
Correspondence in the collection contains many letters written to Parrish from notable film actors and directors. These letters date from the 1940s to the 1980s, and of these letters, several hundred pertain to Growing Up in Hollywood and come from various ‘helpers’ who wrote to Parrish while he drafted the book. Some letters are accompanied by carbon copies of Parrish’s replies. Notable correspondents include Lindsay Anderson (about 30 letters, 1949-1993), Larry Gelbart (about 30 letters, 1978-1995), David Niven, Irwin Shaw (over 100 letters, 1973-1979), Nunnally Johnson, Irving “Swifty” Lazar, James Mason, Abraham Polonsky, Robert Wise, Kevin Brownlow, Bertrand Tavernier, Barbara Ford, Edward Chodorov, Martha Gellhorn, Charlton Heston, James Steward, Barnard Tavernier (several letters from the 1970s), and Richard Widmark. In addition, there are some files of letters regarding particular projects, including Ten Tall Men (regarding a screen credit dispute, 1951); The Wonderful Country; Kashmir; Kingfishers Catch Fire; and Goldcrest Film.
 
Other material in the collection includes publicity material for Parrish’s books, magazines and other publications that contain pieces written by Parrish; reviews of his writings; clippings sent to Parrish by his friend Art Buchwald; and are some business files and legal documents.
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Notable Figures
1. Parrish, Robert
Associated Subjects
1. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
2. Motion picture producers and directors – United States
3. Motion picture industry – United States
4. Motion pictures – Production and direction
5. Photographs