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  • Preferred Citation
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Acquisition
  • Biographical note
  • Scope and Content

  • Title: Edana Romney papers
    Collection number: 0256
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 7.0 linear ft. 10 boxes
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1978-1985
    Date (inclusive): 1925-1990
    Abstract: The Edana Romney papers consists almost exclusively of Ms. Romney's research materials for her unproduced screenplay on the life of Sir Richard Burton. Included are journals, notebooks, photocopies of the script at various stages of completion, audiotapes, and correspondence, as well as realia and ephemera, and some personal materials. Edana Romney was born Edna Rubinstein in Johannesburg, South Africa.
    creator: Romney, Edana, 1919-2002

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Edana Romney papers, Collection no. 0256, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections 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.

    Conditions Governing Access

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

    Acquisition

    Donated by the Edana Romney Trust in 2004.

    Biographical note

    Edana Romney was born Edna Rubinstein in Johannesburg, South Africa March 15, 1919. She was trained as a dancer and made her stage debut in Johannesburg in 1930. She then went on to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts from 1935 to 1936. She was a member of the BBC Drama Repertory Company. She spent much of the latter part of her life working on the script for her film on Sir Richard Burton, which was bought by Sir Richard Attenborough, but the film was never made. She also became a celebrated Hollywood hostess, famous for her Twelfth Night celebrations. She died on December 17, 2002.

    Scope and Content

    The Edana Romney papers consists almost exclusively of Ms. Romney's research materials for her unproduced screenplay on the life of Sir Richard Burton. Included are journals, notebooks, photocopies of the script at various stages of completion, audiotapes, and correspondence. Also included are realia and ephemera collected by Ms. Romney, most of which reflect the life and times of Burton. In addition, there are some personal materials (a scrapbook documenting Ms. Romney's early career as a dancer, invitations and programs from 1980s Hollywood events).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Attenborough, Richard -- Correspondence
    Burton, Richard Francis, 1821-1890 -- Archives
    Romney, Edana, 1919-2002 -- Archives
    Audiocassettes
    Clippings
    Correspondence
    Motion picture authorship--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
    Notes
    Realia
    Scrapbooks
    Screenwriters--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
    Scripts