Collection consists of clippings,
sketches, photographs and motion picture stills, correspondence, scrapbooks, audio
recordings, and ephemera related to Dorothy Arzner's personal life and career as filmmaker.
Includes stills the films Anybody's Woman, The Bride Wore Red, The Covered Wagon, Craig's
Wife, Dance Girl Dance, Fashion for Women, First Comes Courage, Get Your Man, Manhattan
Cocktail, Merrily We Go To Hell, Nana, Old Ironsides, Ten Modern Commandments, and Working
Arzner was born Jan. 3, 1900; studied medicine at Univ. of So. CA; ambulance driver in WWI
(1917-18); in 1919, she was hired by William C. De Mille as a stenographer in the script
dept. at Famous Players-Lasky (Paramount), and was later promoted to script clerk, film
cutter, and film editor; editor for Realart, a subsidiary of Paramount, 1922; wrote and
edited "Old Ironsides," 1925; met Marion Morgan, choreographer and dancer, in the early
1930s and the two remained companions until Morgan's death in 1971; retired from directing
in 1943; produced WAC training films during WWII; taught at UCLA and made commercials for
Pepsi-Cola; her credits include, "Christopher Strong" (1933), "Nana" (1934), and "Craig's
Wife" (1936); honored at the 1st International Festival of Women's Films, NY, 1972, and by
Director's Guild of America, 1975; died Oct. 1, 1979 in La Quinta, CA.
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