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Finding Aid for the Julia Duffy papers, 1980-2008; (bulk 1986-1990)
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Julia Duffy papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1980-2008,
    Date (bulk): (bulk 1986-1990)
    Collection number: 324
    Creator: Duffy, Julia, 1951-
    Extent: 7 boxes (3.25 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Julia Duffy is a television, motion picture, and stage actress who is best known for her portrayal of Stephanie Vanderkellen on the television show Newhart. The collection consists of various draft scripts for television and motion picture projects in which Duffy was involved. Absent from the collection is material pertaining to Duffy's stage career.
    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 Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections. 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 Julia Duffy, 2008.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Julia Duffy papers (Collection 324). Performing Arts Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


    Julia Hinds, known professionally as Julia Duffy, was born June 27, 1951 in St. Paul, MN. She made her acting debut in the stage play, The Girl in the Freudian Slip in 1969. She graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1972, and the same year made her television acting debut in the CBS series Love of Life. Over the next several years, Duffy regularly appeared in several television series including The Doctors and Wizards and Warriors, and made episodic appearances in television shows like The Love Boat, Eight is Enough, and Cheers. In 1983, Duffy joined the cast of Newhart as Stephanie Vanderkellen, and remained a regular character on the show through 1990. For her role on Newhart, Duffy was nominated for the best supporting actress Emmy for seven straight years (1984-1990) and a Golden Globe for best supporting actress in a television series in 1988.
    After Newhart, Duffy frequently appeared in a number of television series including Designing Women, Baby Talk, Mommies, and Reba. Additional episodic television appearances include Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Men, Women &Dogs, The Drew Carey Show, and CSI: NY. Duffy's motion picture work includes films such as Charlotte's Web 2, Dumb and Dumberer, and Intolerable Cruelty. Duffy is regularly involved in theater projects and made her Broadway debut in Once in a Lifetime in 1978. Additional stage projects include productions of The Three Sisters, Barefoot in the Park, and The Taming of the Shrew.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of scripts related to the career of actress Julia Duffy. Included in the collection are various draft scripts for television and motion picture projects in which Duffy was involved. Among the television project writings is material for Baby Talk, Mommies, Josh and Drake, and Newhart. Motion picture writings include Charlotte's Web 2, Dumb and Dumberer, and Intolerable Cruelty among others. Absent from the collection is material pertaining to Duffy's stage career and script materials from Newhart prior to 1986.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The scripts are arranged by project title.

    Indexing Terms

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


    Duffy, Julia, 1951- --Archives.
    Actresses--United States--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    television scripts.