Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Finding Aid for the Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme Scripts, 1964-1984
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (87.81 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Details
Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme Scripts
    Date (inclusive): 1964-1984,
    Date (bulk): (bulk 1970-1984)
    Collection number: 290
    Extent: 5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.) and 3 cartons (4.5 linear ft.)
    Abstract: The singing duo of Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme have been performing for audiences since the 1950s and have appeared on numerous television shows over the years. The collection is comprised of scripts representing many of the television programs on which Lawrence and Gorme appeared (both individually and together) during the 1970s-1980s.
    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.


    Edith Gormezano was born on August 16, 1931, in Bronx, NY. Her career started in 1950 singing with band leader Tommy Tucker. Shortly after, she worked with Tex Beneke before going out on her own and appearing in nightclubs, and on radio and television. In September 1953, she became a permanent member of Steve Allen's Tonight show on which she sang and wrote and performed sketches. It was while working on the Tonight show that she met, partnered with, and later married Steve Lawrence. Stephen Leibowitz was born July 8, 1935, in Brooklyn, New York. He made his recording debut for King Records at the age of 16. He got his television start working on Steve Allen's Tonight show, where he met, partnered with and later married Eydie Gorme.
    The couple was married on December 29, 1957 and have sustained their careers performing together and individually for over forty years. In 1964, Lawrence earned the New York Drama Critics award and a Tony nomination for his Broadway debut in What makes Sammy Run. In 1968 the couple appeared in the Broadway musical, Golden Rainbow. Over the years they have appeared on numerous television programs, together and solo, including the Carol Burnett Show, Kraft Music Hall, and the Flip Wilson Show, among others. In 1975, they had a TV special, Our Love Is Here to Stay, a tribute to George Gershwin which won an Emmy Award. In 1978, the television special Steve and Eydie Celebrate Irving Berlin won seven Emmys, including one for Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Program (Special or Series) that went to Gorme and Lawrence as performers. In 1987 they joined Steve Allen in his production of Alice in Wonderland.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of television scripts related to the careers of Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme. In some cases Lawrence and Gorme appeared together on the same television program, and each received their own script. The scripts identified as belonging to Eydie Gorme include television shows and specials from 1970-79 and include Golden Globe Awards programs, the Carol Burnett Show, Here's Lucy, Our Love Is Here To Stay(George Gershwin special), and From This Moment On (Cole Porter special), among others. Scripts identified as belonging to Steve Lawrence include television shows and specials predominately from 1970-79 and include the Carol Burnett Show, Flip Wilson Show, and Foul-ups, Bleeps, and Blunders, among others. Scripts from the same productions identified for both Lawrence and Gorme include the Bob Hope Anniversary Special, the Kraft Music Hall: Two On The Aisle, and Golden Rainbow. Additionally, there are script covers, most of which have a corresponding script in the collection but were removed as a preservation treatment, along with a small number of covers without a corresponding script.

    Indexing Terms

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


    Gorme, Eydie--Archives.
    Lawrence, Steve--1935- Archives.
    Actors and Actresses--Archival resources.