The Claire Bloom collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, scrapbooks, printed material, audio material, film and video material, personal memorabilia, and other items.
Correspondence in the collection primarily consists of personal letters, dating from the 1950s to 2001; some professional letters are also present. Notable figures with significant correspondence includes Richard Burton, Oona Chaplin, John Gielgud, Lawrence Olivier, Philip Roth, David Del Treduci, Gore Vidal, and Tennessee Williams. Other notable correspondents include Anita Brookner, Trevor Howard, Primo Levi, Harold Pinter, Ralph Richardson, Ned Rorem, and Stephen Spender.
Manuscripts in the collection by Bloom consist of her autobiographies Limelight and After: The Education of an Actress (Harper, 1982) and Leaving a Doll's House: A Memoir (Little, Brown, 1996), as well as her script for Enter the Actress, written and performed by Bloom. Other manuscripts in the collection include a script for Anton Chekhov's play The Cherry Orchard, revised by Philip Roth, with Roth's and Bloom's annotations and notes; Robert Brustein's adaptation of The Cherry Orchard, with notes; and a printed copy of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night, heavily annotated by Bloom (she used this copy for her performance at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass.); and other miscellaneous scripts and musical scores, often with Bloom's notations.
Photographs in the collection primarily pertain to Bloom's acting career, including production and publicity stills from various plays and films. Notable figures represented include Yul Brynner, Edith Evans, John Gielgud, Vivien Leigh, Lawrence Olivier, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ralph Richardson, and others. Additional photographs include portraits of Bloom, photos of her family and friends, and duplicate negatives of the images published in Limelight and After and Leaving a Doll's House.
Scrapbooks in the collection include playbills, photographs, and clippings; they are mostly arranged chronologically. Subjects include Bloom's early stage career (1950s-1970s); her early film career (1948-1956); Limelight (1957); Bloom's later film career (ca. 1963-1980); portraits and head shots; and family and friends (mostly 1950s).
Printed material in the collection includes numerous programs, playbills, reviews, and clippings regarding various performances by Bloom (1948, 1994-2005); clippings and reviews regarding Leaving a Doll's House; and magazines, primarily with Bloom on the cover. The series also includes posters regarding Bloom’s plays and films.
Audio material in the collection consist of audio cassettes and phonograph records, primarily of Bloom's readings, as well as some compact discs. This series also includes a cassette featuring Bloom as Juliet in the Old Vic Company’s performance of Romeo and Juliet (1981).
Film and video material include several video cassettes of Bloom's films (including a laser disc recording of Limelight and a DVD of The Haunting) as well as televised interviews of Bloom.
Personal memorabilia in the collection primarily consists of awards, including the Evening Standard Best Actress Drama Award (1974); her Emmy nomination for Brideshead Revisited (1982); The BAFTA award for Shadowlands (1985); the Outer Critics Circle Award (1989-1999); the Antoinette Perry Award; the AOL Women of Achievement Award; and honorary Doctorates from Dartmouth (1989), George Washington University (1993) and the University of Hartford (1994). Other memorabilia includes two fans and a feather used in Bloom's Enter the Actress.
Other items in the collection consist of material pertaining to Bloom's family, including letters from relatives, Bloom's early writing (corrected by her mother), a family tree, and a family history.
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