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Finding Aid for the Ann Sothern papers, 1954-1961
PASC 144  
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  • Title: Ann Sothern papers
    Collection number: PASC 144
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 9.0 linear ft. (22 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1954-1961
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.
    Creator: Sothern, Ann, 1909-

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Ann Sothern, 1980.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ann Sothern Papers (Collection PASC 144). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


    Harriet Lake, later changed to Ann Sothern, was born on January 22, 1909 in Valley City, North Dakota. She was educated at the University of Washington and was trained as a vocalist by her mother. In 1929, under her real name, Sothern made her film debut playing small parts. She headed for Broadway where she quickly rose from small parts to leads. She returned to films in 1933 and under her new name, she found her niche playing lighthearted heroines in B pictures for Columbia and RKO. She moved to MGM in 1939 and gained popularity in the comedy-adventure series Maisie . She demonstrated her vocal, comedic, and dramatic talents in films such as Cry Havoc, Lady Be Good , A Letter to Three Wives , and Panama Hattie , among many others.
    In the early 1950s she made the transition to television and launched a successful career starring in her own television shows, Private Secretary and later The Ann Sothern Show . She also toured with stage plays. In the mid-1960s she returned to films with occasional character roles. She also resumed series television with her role in My Mother the Car and appearing on several episode of The Lucy Show. Her made her final film appearance in 1987 in The Whales of August which brought her a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of material related to the career of actress Ann Sothern. Includes scripts, business records, and production material for The Ann Sothern Show , along with correspondence, proposals for television series and pilots, production records for summer stock and night club acts, handwritten scores, and sheet music. Also includes a small number of audio recordings, photographs, and one scrapbook.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 3222195 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Sothern, Ann, 1909- --Archives.
    Motion picture actors and actresses--United States--Archival resources.
    Television actors and actresses--United States--Archival resources.