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Zero and Kate Mostel papers, 1915-1986.

Author: Zero Mostel; Kate Mostel
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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The papers, spanning the years 1915-1986, document the personal and professional lives of Zero and Kate Mostel: Zero as nightclub performer, actor, and artist and Kate as dancer, actress, and writer.
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Named Person: Zero Mostel; Zero Mostel; Kate Mostel; Tobias Mostel; Joshua Mostel; Joan McCracken; Edward G Robinson; Jerry Bock; George Tabori; Duke Ellington; Stephen Sondheim; Eugène Ionesco; Marjorie Barkentin
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Archival Material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Zero Mostel; Kate Mostel
OCLC Number: 122580767
Description: 17.3 linear feet (43 boxes plus oversized materials)

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The papers, spanning the years 1915-1986, document the personal and professional lives of Zero and Kate Mostel: Zero as nightclub performer, actor, and artist and Kate as dancer, actress, and writer.

The collection is arranged in two sub groups: the Zero Mostel Papers which include personal papers, correspondence, production files, some of Mostel's lectures and writings, scripts, photographs, his sketches and drawings, and clippings; and the Kate Mostel Papers which include personal papers, correspondence, production files, photographs, her hobby of Japanese flower arrangement and materials related to her book 170 Years of Show Business written with Madeline Gilford.

Of particular note are Zero's sketch books, letters from Zero to Kate written while he was working in different parts of the world, correspondence from Zero's close friends Sam Jaffe and Phil Loeb, a letter from writer Dalton Trumbo to Adrian Scott telling his side of the story of the rift between him and Edward G. Robinson precipitated by the blacklist, and a copy of Mostel's testimony before the Committee on Un-American Activities. Also of interest are the personal and professional photographs of both Mostels. Included are many candid snapshots of family and friends, publicity and nightclub performance photographs of Zero as well as photographs of his art and art collection. Photographs of Kate include childhood performances, traveling with Catherine Littlefield's ballet company, and nightclub publicity shots.

The collection also houses annotated scripts for many, but not all, of Mostel's performances. Stage scripts include FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, GOOD AS GOLD, and ULYSSES IN NIGHTTOWN. Film scripts are THE FRONT, ONCE UPON A SCOUNDREL, THE PRODUCERS, and RHINOCEROS. Missing from the collection are extensive materials for major productions i.e., contracts and production-related correspondence, except for the 1976 revival of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF which includes lighting, prop, and financial information.

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