Finding Aid for the Ralph Bellamy papers, 1926-1982 (bulk 1980-1982)

Processed by Arts Special Collections staff; machine-readable finding aid created by Elizabeth Graney, Julie Graham and Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library Special Collections
Performing Arts Special Collections
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Ralph Bellamy papers,
Date (inclusive): 1926-1982
Date (bulk): (bulk 1980-1982)
Collection number: 224
Creator: Bellamy, Ralph, 1904-1991
Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Abstract: Ralph Bellamy has acted on stage, film, and motion pictures. The collection consists primarily of materials related his role in the television mini series Winds of War, including scripts as well as production and press material.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
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.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

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Provenance/Source of Acquisition


Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ralph Bellamy papers (Collection 224). Performing Arts Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


Born in Chicago, Illinois on June 17, 1904, Ralph Bellamy began acting in high school. Upon graduation, he embarked on a theatre apprenticeship, touring the country and playing over 400 different roles over the course of nine years. Bellamy later moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in motion pictures, starring in over 83 films including Spitfire, The Wedding Night, His Girl Friday and Boy Meets Girl from 1930-1942. In the early 1940's Bellamy became disenchanted with Hollywood and, though successful, left to pursue other acting interests. Though Bellamy would continue to act in the occassional film, such as Rosemary's Baby amd Coming to America, the majority of his career from 1942 until his death was in television and stage productions. Arguably his most famous role, Bellamy portrayed President Franklin D. Roosevelt in both the stage and screen productions of Sunrise at Campobello in 1958 and 1960 respectively. Bellamy also portrayed President Roosevelt in the 1982 television miniseries The Winds of War. Throughout his career, Bellamy garnered multiple awards for his performances including a Tony Award for Sunrise at Campobello, a best actor award from the Academy of Radio and Television Arts and Sciences for Man Against Crime in 1950, four Emmy Award nominations and an honorary Academy Award in 1987 for his contributions to the industry. In addition to his acting career, Bellamy also participated in the Screen Actors Guild, as a founder and board member, and Actor's Equity, as president. A dedicated performer, he continued to work until the year before his death, acting in the film Pretty Woman in 1990. Ralph Bellamy died in Los Angeles, CA of lung disease on November 29, 1991.

Scope and Content

The collection consists primarily of material related to Ralph Bellamy's role in the television mini-series Winds of War. Including in the collection are scripts and ephemera from the Winds of War television production,as well as small amount of articles and ephemera related to Bellamy's career.

Organization and Arrangement

The files are arranged alphabetically by file titles which reflect the contents of the folders.

Indexing Terms

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


Bellamy, Ralph, 1904-1991 -- Archives.
Winds of War (Television program)
Actors -- Archival resources.

Genres and Forms of Material

television scripts.

Container List

Box 2, Folder 13

Aftra Magazine (1983)


See pages 6-7.
Box 2, Folder 8

Biographical Information (no date)

Scope and Content Note

Copies of Bellamy collection finding aids from Wisconsin State Historical Society and Boston University along with additional sources of Bellamy material. Photograph of Bellamy holding Life Magazine, and list of credits (1922-1983).
Box 2, Folder 9

Clippings (1978-1982)

Scope and Content Note

Empire Magazine (Mar 1978), Chicago Tribune (30 Nov & 12 Dec 1981), Los Angeles Herald Examiner (26 July 1980), Los Angeles Daily News (12 Oct 1981), and Good Old Days Magazine (1982).
Box 2, Folder 12

Emmy Magazine article by Richard Maynard (1982 Sept-Oct)


See pages 41-48.
Box 2, Folder 14

Harry Truman Conference (1983)

Scope and Content Note

Hofstra University (April 14-16, 1983) along with a letter from William F. Levantrosser, Hofstra University, to Bellamy.
Box 2, Folder 16

Hollywood Stuntmen's Hall of Fame charter membership certificate (no date)

Box 2, Folder 11

Life magazine featuring Bellamy on cover and article (1958 Feb)


See pages 91-94.
Box 2, Folder 10

Palm Springs Life article by Anne Etheridge (1977 Oct)


See pages 64-66.
Box 2, Folder 15

Theater Programs (2) (1926, 1959)

Scope and Content Note

The Goose Hangs High, Princess Theatre, Des Moines (Nov 1926). Sunrise at Campobello , Curran Theatre (Nov 10, 1959).
Box 2, Folder 7

White House luncheon invitation honoring 100th anniversary of the birth of Franklin Roosevelt (no date)

Scope and Content Note

With letter from Edmund S. Muskie.
Box 2, Folder 1

Winds of War - Emmy nomination certificate for Outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or special nomination (1982-1983)

Box 1, Folder 1

Winds of War (Part I): The Winds Rise (1980 Mar-1981)

Physical Description: Revised script, 168 leaves.
Box 1, Folder 2

Winds of War (Part II): The Storm Breaks (1980 Sep-April 1981)

Physical Description: Revised script, 124 leaves.
Box 1, Folder 3

Winds of War (Part III): Cataclysm (1980 Sep-April 1981)

Physical Description: Revised script, 115 leaves.
Box 1, Folder 4

Winds of War (Part IV): Defiance (1980 Sep-Nov 1980)

Physical Description: Revised annotated script, 120 leaves.
Box 1, Folder 5

Winds of War (Part V): Of Love and War (1980 Sep-Nov 1980)

Physical Description: Revised annotated script, 123 leaves.
Box 1, Folder 6

Winds of War (Part VI): Changing of the Guard (1980 Sep-April 1981)

Physical Description: Revised annotated script, 126 leaves.
Box 1, Folder 7

Winds of War (Part VII): Into the Maelstrom (1980 Sep-Nov 1980)

Physical Description: Revised annotated script, 172 leaves.
Box 2, Folder 5

Winds of War (The) - invitation to screening at Lincoln Center and ephemera (1983 Jan 27)

Box 2, Folder 6

Winds of War (The) - publicity (1983)

Scope and Content Note

Articles from Hollywood Reporter (April 1983), Time (Feb 1983), The Times-Daily (Jan 1983) and a review from the Philadelphia Inquirer (Feb 1983).
Box 2, Folder 2

Winds of War (The) - Roosevelt speech (1940 June 10)

Box 2, Folder 3

Winds of War (The) - shooting schedules and staff, cast and crew lists (1981 Sept-Dec)

Box 2, Folder 4

Winds of War (The) - snap shots of ship and Bellamy on ship (3 items) (no date)