Bronson (Lillian) papers Edit


Finding Aid Author
Rebecca Hirsch
Finding Aid Date
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Collection processing and creation of the finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.


  • 1940 – 1950 (Creation)


  • 1 Linear Feet (Whole)
    1 box

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  • Abstract

    This collection contains ephemera, correspondence, and clippings documenting the career of stage and film actress Lillian Bronson (1902-1955). Bronson appeared in more than eighty films and was Fonzi’s grandmother on the television show Happy Days.

  • Scope and Content

    This collection includes clippings of stage reviews, correspondence, ephemera, theater programs, and a prompt book.

  • Biographical Note

    Lillian Bronson was born in 1902 in Lockport, New York. She attended the Lockport Union High School, where she acted in a play directed by her English teacher. With her teacher's encouragement, Bronson studied dramatics at Bryn Mawr in Pennsylvania, and then attended the University of Michigan. She acted first in plays on Broadway and then began a screen career. She was in more than 80 feature films, including Camille with Lillian Gish, The Hucksters with Clark Gable, Spencer's Mountain with Henry Fonda, and Family Honeymoon with Claudette Colbert. Her work in television included the role as Fonzi's grandmother on Happy Days. She died August 3, 1995, at Laguna Beach, California.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    The collection contains published materials; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for access.

  • Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Lillian Bronson papers,Collection no. 0126, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.


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