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|Named Person:||Hermione Baddeley; George Gordon Byron Byron, Baron; Joan Crawford; Aimée Dubuc de Rivery; Josephine, Empress consort of Napoleon I Emperor of the French; Augusta Leigh; Elizabeth Medora Leigh; Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; Percy Bysshe Shelley; Catherine Turney; George Washington; Martha Washington|
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Catherine Turney; Elaine Barrie Barrymore; John Barrymore; L E Berman; Muriel Box; Shirley Burke; John Collier; Jerry Horwin; Stephen Longstreet; Eric Portman; Virginia Steele Scott; Charles Scribner, Jr.; Barbara Stanwyck; Byron Society. American Committee.; Charles Scribner's Sons.; Columbia Broadcasting System, inc.; Columbia Pictures Corporation.; KABC-TV (Television station : Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calif.); KHJ-TV (Television station : Los Angeles, Calif.); Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.; Pasadena Playhouse Association.; Screen Writers' Guild,; Writers Guild of America, West.
|Notes:||All inquiries about this collection should be directed to the Curator of Literary Manuscripts.
The Huntington Library also has screenplay drafts of "Mildred Pierce" by Turney and some related letters (1944), HM 71516-71519. Several items were transferred to the Huntington's Rare Books Department.
Correspondence consists of 1,782 items arranged alphabetically by author. The majority of the correspondence is either to or from Catherine Turney. The topics range from business matters regarding her scripts and book deals to personal matters. Many of the letters to and from publishing companies are requests and permissions for the use of copyrighted material in Catherine Turney's published works. The most common topic of her business correspondence in the late 1970s was her dispute with the heirs of Lord Byron regarding her use of the book Lord Noel Byron and the Leighs. The financial and legal debates prevented her from finishing her work on George Washington for the bicentennial. Catherine Turney corresponded with many people involved in or associated with the film, literary and art worlds in both America and England. Notable participants include: L.E. Berman; Muriel Box; Shirley Burke; Virginia Scott Steele; Stephen Longstreet; John Collier; Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, and Joan Crawford; and Eric Portman. Also included are: Elaine Barrie Barrymore; John Barrymore; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; Charles Scribner, Charles Scribner's Sons; Byron Society (American Committee); CBS; KABC; KHJ-TV; Jerry Horwin; Pasadena Playhouse Association; Screen Writers' Guild; and the Writers Guild of America, West.
The ephemera section consists of 938 items arranged alphabetically by type and then subject where appropriate. The ephemera includes records pertaining to both of Turney's divorces, property that she owned in Pasadena, her contracts with movie and television studios, publishing agreements for books and magazine articles, and royalty statements. There are copies of magazines which published her work, research materials for her various works, and newspaper and magazine clippings regarding her works. Research materials for "The Patriarch" include photocopies of letters from George Washington, Martha Washington, and Nathanael Greene. The Catherine Turney Ephemera includes a wedding book from her second marriage and applications she filled out for the Producer-Writers Guild of America Pension Plan and Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital. Also included in this folder is a photocopy of her interview from the book Screenwriter by Lee Server. The ephemera pertaining to the Pasadena Community Playhouse consists of one brochure from 1937, three copies of the "Pasadena Playhouse Hall of Fame 1982," and two newspaper clippings regarding the 1979 fundraiser. There are photographs of Catherine Turney and her family as well as photographs of friends, including a personalized, autographed photo of Bette Davis. Subjects in this collection also include: Hermione Baddeley; Empress Josephine; Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; Percy Shelley; George and Martha Washington; Warner Bros.; actresses; literary agents; women authors; California fiction and history.
- Baddeley, Hermione, -- 1908-1986.
- Byron, George Gordon Byron, -- Baron, -- 1788-1824.
- Crawford, Joan, -- 1908-1977.
- Dubuc de Rivery, Aimée, -- 1776-1817.
- Josephine, -- Empress, consort of Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, -- 1763-1814.
- Leigh, Augusta, -- 1784-1851.
- Leigh, Elizabeth Medora, -- 1814-1849.
- Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, -- 1797-1851.
- Shelley, Percy Bysshe, -- 1792-1822.
- Turney, Catherine.
- Washington, George, -- 1732-1799.
- Washington, Martha, -- 1731-1802.
- Motion Picture Association of America. -- Production Code Administration.
- Warner Bros.
- Writers Guild of America.
- Mildred Pierce (Motion picture)
- Actresses -- United States.
- Literary agents -- Correspondence.
- Screenwriters -- United States.
- Women -- California.
- Women authors, American -- 20th century -- Archives.
- California -- Fiction.
- California -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.