Scope and Content
Title: Dorothy Arzner Papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1920-1979
Collection number: 175
Origination: Arzner, Dorothy
Extent: 7 boxes (3.5 linear feet)
University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
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Dorothy Arzner Papers (Collection 175). Performing Arts Special Collections, Charles E.
Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
Arzner was born Jan. 3, 1900; studied medicine at Univ. of So. CA; ambulance driver in
WWI (1917-18); in 1919, she was hired by William C. De Mille as a stenographer in the
script dept. at Famous Players-Lasky (Paramount), and was later promoted to script clerk,
film cutter, and film editor; editor for Realart, a subsidiary of Paramount, 1922; wrote
and edited "Old Ironsides," 1925; met Marion Morgan, choreographer and dancer, in the
early 1930s and the two remained companions until Morgan's death in 1971; retired from
directing in 1943; produced WAC training films during WWII; taught at UCLA and made
commercials for Pepsi-Cola; her credits include, "Christopher Strong" (1933), "Nana"
(1934), and "Craig's Wife" (1936); honored at the 1st International Festival of Women's
Films, NY, 1972, and by Director's Guild of America, 1975; died Oct. 1, 1979 in La
Arranged in the following series:
- Audio recordings (box
- Clippings (box 5)
- Negatives (box 6)
sketches (box 5)
- Personal photographs (boxes 5-6)
correspondence (box 7)
- Scrapbooks (boxes 1,3,4)
- Stills (box
- Tributes (boxes 6-7)
- Writings by and about Arzner (box
Scope and Content
Collection consists of clippings, sketches, photographs and motion picture stills,
correspondence, scrapbooks, audio recordings, and ephemera related to Arzner's personal
life and career as filmmaker. Includes stills the films Anybody's Woman, The Bride Wore
Red, The Covered Wagon, Craig's Wife, Dance Girl Dance, Fashion for Women, First Comes
Courage, Get Your Man, Manhattan Cocktail, Merrily We Go To Hell, Nana, Old Ironsides,
Ten Modern Commandments, and Working Girls.
Arzner, Dorothy, 1900-1979--Archives.
Women motion picture producers and directors--Archival resources.