The Kay Van Riper papers span the years 1924-1948 and encompass 4 linear feet. The collection
concentrates on Van Riper's radio career, particularly the ENGLISH CORONETS series from 1935 to 1937.
There is a considerable amount of unproduced play and film scripts, but only minimal material on her
produced screen work. That material includes story outlines for the Andy Hardy films; rehearsal scene and
miscellaneous script pages for BABES IN ARMS (1939); and scripts for THE CONSTANT NYMPH (1943), KATHLEEN
(1941), and MRS. MIKE (1950).
Kay Van Riper was an American screenwriter active in film from around 1937 to the mid-1940s. She moved
to Los Angeles in 1929 and pursued a career as a writer for local radio. Her first major writing success
came in the mid-1930s with the airing of ENGLISH CORONETS, in which she also played Anne Boleyn. Van
Riper worked on the Andy Hardy films, beginning with A FAMILY AFFAIR (1937).
4 linear feet of papers.
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