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Jean and Dusty Negulesco papers
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Description
The Jean and Dusty Negulesco papers span the years 1900-1992 (bulk 1915-1992) and encompass approximately 81.5 linear feet. The collection consists of production material and scripts; scripts collected by Negulesco; correspondence; contracts and agreements; writings, including drafts and manuscripts for his autobiography; artwork, including drawings, sketches, and caricatures by Negulesco; scrapbooks, and photographs. The photographs consisting of 8,359 items, including photographic prints, snapshots, proof sheets, negatives, transparencies, postcards, 35mm color slides, and photograph albums. There are scenes, exhibition, off-camera, premiere, portrait, portrait sketch, and advertising artwork photographs from eighty-three productions, the majority of which Negulesco directed. There are biographical photographs relating to the Negulesco family and to various film personalities. The subject photographs include family, general, parties and balls, portraits, and travel. These include photographs of automobiles, awards, tennis, sailing, croquet, baptisms, nudes, pets, and residences. There are portraits of Negulesco from the 1910s through the 1950s, and photographs that document Negulesco's travels in Europe, the United States, Mexico, Cuba, and Haiti.
Background
Jean Negulesco was a Romanian-born painter, stage designer, and director. He immigrated to the United States in 1927, making his way to California, where for a time he earned his living painting portraits. Negulesco was active as a film director from 1944 to 1970. During his retirement he acted in a few French productions. His 1984 autobiography was titled, "Things I Did and Things I Think I Did."
Extent
64 linear feet of papers. 17.5 linear feet of photographs.
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the Margaret Herrick Library. Researchers are responsible for obtaining all necessary rights, licenses, or permissions from the appropriate companies or individuals before quoting from or publishing materials obtained from the library.
Availability
Available by appointment only.