The Hal Ashby papers span the years 1920-1989 (bulk 1965-1986) and encompass approximately 50 linear feet. The collection
contains production files, subject files, family and personal files, legal files, and business and financial files. There
are extensive production files for BEING THERE (1979), BOUND FOR GLORY (1976), COMING HOME (1978), 8 MILLION WAYS TO DIE (1986),
and GAILY, GAILY (1969). The files usually consist of scripts, correspondence, legal material, and clippings. Some files include
extensive research. There are also files for projects on which Ashby worked, most of which were never produced. Of interest
are the files on ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, which contain a screenplay and correspondence from Ken Kesey. The subject
files contain correspondence with such individuals as Norman Jewison and Bob Lawrence, as well as information about Ashby's
daily business life, through telephone logs and daily journals. The family and personal files contain information about Ashby's
marriages and divorces, adoption of his children, and correspondence from his mother and other relatives. The legal files
include correspondence and documents regarding both personal and business matters. Of special interest are the files on Lorimar
Productions regarding his problem with the company and their refusal to allow Ashby to begin to work on TOOTSIE until LOOKIN'
TO GET OUT was finished. There is also a deposition by Ashby given for his suit against PSO Presentations. The business and
financial files contain information about Ashby's companies, particularly Hal Ashby Productions and Northstar International
William Hal Ashby (1929-1988) was born in Ogden, Utah. Arriving in Los Angeles in 1950, he started in the mailroom at Universal
and eventually found work as an apprentice, then assistant, editor. He worked for editor Robert Swink on FRIENDLY PERSUASION
(1956) and THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (1959). By the mid-1960s Ashby was a full-fledged editor, working primarily for director
Norman Jewison. Ashby made his directorial debut in 1970 with THE LANDLORD and helmed such films as HAROLD AND MAUDE (1971)
and SHAMPOO (1975). He formed his own production company, Hal Ashby Productions, around 1971, and cofounded Northstar International
Pictures in 1980. Ashby received an Academy Award for editing IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967) and was nominated for editing
THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING, THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING (1966) and for directing COMING HOME (1978).
74 linear feet of papers.
7.4 linear feet of photographs.
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