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Finding Aid for the Leonard Gershe Papers, 1944 - 2000
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  • Biography
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  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Gershe (Leonard) Papers
    Date (inclusive): 1944-2000,
    Date (bulk): (bulk 1900-1950)
    Collection number: 268
    Creator: Gershe, Leonard
    Extent: 14 boxes (7 linear ft.) and 1 oversize box
    Abstract: Leonard Gershe The collection consists of scripts, correspondence, ephemera, clippings, and legal and financial clippings, and legal and financial papers for various productions. Also includes a variety of lyrics and music sheets, a small collection of material written or collected by Gershe, legal documents, correspondence, and photographs.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.


    Leonard Gershe was born in NY,1922. He began his entertainment career writing material for revues. He collaborated with composer Richard Adinsell on A Jabberwocky Song and Sing, for the revue Tuppence Coloured (1947). Gershe moved to Hollywood after forming a close professional relationship with composer-arranger Roger Edens and together they co-wrote Born In A Trunk, performed by Judy Garland in A Star Is Born (1954). His numerous credits include Destry Rides Again (1959), Funny Face (1957), Silk Stockings (1957), Butterflies are Free (1969), 40 Carats (1973), That's Entertainment II (1976), T he Man in the Santa Claus Suit (1978), and Snacks (1982). Gershe died in Beverly Hills, CA on March 9, 2002.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of material related to the career of playwright and lyricist, Leonard Gershe. Primarily includes scripts, correspondence, ephemera, clippings, and legal and financial papers for various productions of Butterflies Are Free. Other projects include Snacks, Funny Face, 40 Carats, and Destry Rides Again, among others. Also includes a variety of lyrics and music sheets; a small collection of eulogies, speeches, and toasts written or collected by Gershe; legal documents pertaining to Born in a Trunk; correspondence; and photographs.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Gershe, Leonard--Archives.
    Dramatists--Archival resources.
    Composers--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Film scripts.
    Song sheets.