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Lillian Bronson papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 0126

Scope and Content

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


  • 1940 - 1950


Conditions Governing Access

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

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 The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers.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.

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.


1 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



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.

Finding Aid of the Lillian Bronson papers
Rebecca Hirsch
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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.

Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Special Collections Repository

Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles California 90089-0189 United States