The Mike Connolly collection compiled by Val Holley spans the years circa 1936-1967 (bulk 1950s-1960s)
and encompasses 5 linear feet. The collection consists of research material compiled by Holley for his
book on Mike Connolly. There are clippings; correspondence, including printouts of email exchanges;
annotated photocopies of trade articles and columns written by Connolly; reprints of press articles;
interview transcripts; and notes.
Mike Connolly was an American journalist and Hollywood gossip columnist. Born in Chicago, he got his
start as a correspondent for "Variety" in that city. In 1946 he moved to Hollywood where he spent five
years as a "Variety" columnist, sometimes writing under the name Alta Durant. From 1951 to 1966 he wrote
the "Rambling Reporter" column for the "Hollywood Reporter." He also wrote a syndicated column for the
"San Francisco Chronicle." Val Holley is a legislative and reference librarian in Washington D.C.
Holley's book, "Mike Connolly and the Manly Art of Hollywood Gossip," was published in 2003. He
previously wrote two biographies on James Dean.
5 linear feet of papers.
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