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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Jane Ardmore papers
    Date (inclusive): circa 1920s-1960s
    Collection number: 460
    Creator: Ardmore, Jane
    Extent: 31 linear feet of papers.
    Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
    Languages: English

    Important Information for Users of the Collection


    Available by appointment only.

    Publication rights

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the Margaret Herrick Library. Researchers are responsible for obtaining all necessary rights, licenses, or permissions from the appropriate companies or individuals before quoting from or publishing materials obtained from the library.

    Preferred Citation

    Jane Ardmore papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Jane Ardmore, 2000; with additions from Carol Hauer, 2002-2005


    Jane Ardmore was born Jane Kesner in Chicago, Illinois in 1911. She began writing stories at a young age and spent the rest of her life as a journalist and writer. While attending the University of Chicago, she was the managing editor of the University's newspaper, the "Daily Maroon." After graduating in 1932, she worked for the "Woodlawn Booster," a community newspaper.
    Ardmore moved to Hollywood in the 1940s and was a prolific writer of celebrity profiles. Her articles appeared in such periodicals as the "Los Angeles Times," "Photoplay," "Readers Digest," and the "Saturday Evening Post," among many others. She is best-known for her work as a biographer and co-author of celebrity autobiographies. Ardmore wrote "The Self Enchanted," about Mae Murray, "Take My Life," with Eddie Cantor, and "The Dress Doctor," with Edith Head. "Portrait of Joan," written with Joan Crawford, was awarded the 1963 non-fiction prize from the National Federation of Press Women.
    Ardmore was also a novelist, writing her first novel, "Women Inc." in 1946. Her second novel, "Julie," was a Literary Guild selection for 1952. Her third and final novel, "To Love Is to Listen," was published in 1967.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The Jane Ardmore papers span from the 1920s to the 1960s and encompass approximately 31 linear feet. The collection contains interviews, research, correspondence, and scrapbooks.


    Arranged in the following series: 1. Biography; 2. Correspondence; 3. Subject files; 4. Scrapbooks

    Indexing Terms

    Ardmore, Jane , 1911-2000--Archives.