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Louella Parsons papers

 Collection
Identifier: 2245

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of radio scripts, writing drafts, and records of American movie gossip columnist Louella Parsons (1881-1972). Parsons was an influential figure in Hollywood with her columns being read by 20 million people. She hosted a weekly radio program for a decade featuring movie stars.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1930s-1950s

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Advance notice required for access.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

Finding aid description and metadata are licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Cinematic Arts Library at ctlibarc@usc.edu. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Cinematic Arts Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Biographical / Historical

Louella Parsons (1881-1972) was an American movie columnist from 1914 to 1965. She was an influential figure in Hollywood with her columns being read by 20 million people in 700 newspapers worldwide. From 1928-1938, she hosted weekly radio programs featuring movie star interviews and movie showcases. Parsons also had a few spots in movies as herself, including "Without Reservations" (1946) and "Starlift" (1951).

Extent

8.25 Linear Feet (9 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection consists of radio scripts, writing drafts, and records of American movie gossip columnist Louella Parsons (1881-1972). Parsons was an influential figure in Hollywood with her columns being read by 20 million people. She hosted a weekly radio program for a decade featuring movie stars.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Harriet Parsons, August 21, 1968.

Title
Finding aid for the Louella Parsons papers
Status
Minimally Processed
Author
Marissa Chavez for History Associates Incorporated. Additional description by Diann Benti.
Date
2022 February
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Cinematic Arts Library Repository

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