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Howard Rodman Collection
WGF-MS-030  
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Description
The Howard Rodman Collection, 1943-1986, contains manuscripts, correspondence, personal papers, and awards belonging to the writer Howard Rodman. The collection primarily consists of produced and unproduced manuscripts written by Rodman.
Background
Howard Rodman was born in the Bronx on February 18, 1920. He obtained his B.A. from Brooklyn College and did graduate studies at Iowa University before serving in the army during WWII. From 1941-1953 he was married to Dorothy Rodman, nee Harrison. In 1954 he married actress Norma Connolly and they remained married until his death in 1985. Rodman began his writing career in the 1950’s, scripting episodes for anthology series such as Playhouse 90, Hallmark Hall of Fame, Studio One, and Alcoa Theater, among many others. He was equally prolific in episodic television during the 1960’s, writing many episodes for both Route 66 and Naked City and acting as story editor for both shows. Rodman worked extensively in the Movie of the Week format, most notably co-scripting the award-winning The Neon Ceiling with Carol Sobieski and writing the TV movies which became the series Six Million Dollar Man and Harry-O. During his lifetime he was awarded four Writers Guild Awards, including the Laurel Award for lifetime achievement. Apart from writing, Rodman served as a Board member for the Writers Guild of America, West, the Authors League, and the Radio Writers Guild and taught at Indiana University, USC, Cal State Northridge, and the Lee Strasberg Institute. Howard Rodman died on December 5, 1985 and was survived by his wife, three sons, and a daughter. His sons Howard A. Rodman and Adam Rodman are both screenwriters.
Extent
9.6 linear feet
Restrictions
The responsibility to secure copyright and publication permission rests with the researcher.
Availability
The majority of the material is stored offsite. One week advance notice is required for retrieval. This collection contains unproduced material with access restrictions. Please contact the Writers Guild Foundation for more information.