Hedda Hopper papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Hedda Hopper papers
Date (inclusive): 1901-1966
Date (bulk): late 1940s-mid-1960s
Collection number: 95
Creator: Hopper, Hedda
Extent: 39 linear feet of papers. 4.3 linear feet of photographs.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

Hedda Hopper papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Hedda Hopper was an American gossip columnist active from the 1930s through mid-1960s. As an actress she appeared in supporting roles in dozens of films from 1916 through the early 1930s. Hopper was married to actor DeWolf Hopper from to 1913 to 1921.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Hedda Hopper papers span the years 1901-1966 (bulk late 1940s-mid-1960s) and encompass 43.3 linear feet. The collection consists of Hopper's personal files relating almost exclusively to her work as a columnist and to her social life. Included are interview transcripts; correspondence; typescripts of special stories; documentation of Hopper's activities, travels, and attendance at various events; documentation of television and radio appearances; awards; scrapbooks containing Hopper's columns from 1938 through 1966; and photographs. The photograph series consists of more than 2,600 items, included are candids and portraits. Topics include family, hats, publicity, and residences.


Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files; 2. Television files; 3. Radio files; 4. Subject files, subseries A-D as follows: A. General; B. Clippings; C. Columns; D. Travel; 5. Biography; 6. Oversize; 7. Scrapbooks; 8. Photographs, subseries A-B as follows: A. Biography; B. Subject

Indexing Terms

Hopper, Hedda , 1890-1966--Archives