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Finding Aid for the Suzy Kalter Collection of “Dallas” Television Scripts, 1978-1985
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    Title: Suzy Kalter Collection of Dallas Television Scripts
    Date (inclusive): 1978-1985
    Collection number: 77
    Creator: Kalter, Suzy.
    Extent: 16 boxes (7.0 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Dallas has been labeled the first of a genre to be named "prime-time soap." It is likely the collection of scripts was collected by Suzy Kalter for her book The Complete Book of Dallas: Behind the Scenes of the World's Favorite TV Program.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.


    Suzy Kalter is author of The Complete Book of Dallas: Behind the Scenes of the World's Favorite TV Program, The Complete Book of M*A*S*H, and The Complete Book of Dallas: Behind the Scenes of the World's Favorite TV Program.
    Dallas was created by David Jacobs for Lorimar productions and ran from 1978-1991. The program focused on the wealthy Ewing family with a major story line centered on the bitter rivalry with the Ewing and Barnes families. In the pilot episodes and the twelve seasons followed, the Ewing family remained the focus of series. The Ewing family and an assortment of relatives made their home at Southfork, the family ranch. Dallas was successful in its use of cliffhanger endings at the end of each season. The original cast included: Jim Davis, Barbara Bel Geddes, Larry Hagman, Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy, Victoria Principal, Ken Kercheval, David Wayne, Charlene Tilton, and Steve Kanaly.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of scripts for the television series Dallas (1978-85), possibly used for Suzy Kalter's book, The complete book of Dallas : behind the scenes of the world's favorite TV program.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Television writers--United States--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Television scripts.

    Other Index Terms Related to this Collection

    Dallas (Television program)