Buckley, Betty (1947- )

The Betty Buckley collection consists of manuscripts, photographs, correspondence, professional material, printed material, scrapbooks, personal memorabilia, artwork, film and video, notebooks, and other material.

Manuscripts in the collection primarily consist of scripts and similar items by various authors.  Manuscripts for stage plays include The Baker’s Wife, by Joseph Stein; Juno’s Swans, by E. Katherine Kerr (1985); A Sibling Revelry (1985); Sunset Boulevard, by Don Black and Christopher Hampton (1999, with notes from 1995); Buffalo Gal, by A.R. Gurney (2001); and Tales of the City, by Jeff Whitty, Jake Shears, and John Garden (2010); and others.  Screenplays include The Clinic, by Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess (1996); Golden Rod (1997); The Rainmaker, by John Mankiewicz (1992); Remember WENN, by Rupert Holmes (1996); Vanilla Fog, by Judith Roberts (1998); and The Happening, by M. Night Shymalan (2007), among others.  Voice-over scripts include the episodes “Audrey Hepburn,” “Mary,” and “Eve,” from the series An Intimate Portrait. Teleplays include Buckley’s appearances on OZ (2000-2002); Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2005, 2006); Melrose Place (2009); Pretty Little Liars (2011); and other series.
Other manuscripts include short stories, song lyrics, and other items, including some pages in Buckley’s own hand.

Photographs in the collection are mainly images of Buckley in concert or in various stage and screen productions.  Productions include Eight is EnoughThe Rose (1981); Cats (1982); The Ballad of Johnny PotTender MerciesSunset Boulevard (1995); and others.  Also present are head shots, production stills, albums, and snapshots, including photographs of beauty pageants from 1969 to 1971. There are also photographs of other individuals, mainly at various social events.  Images of others include photos of Katherine Hepburn, Grayson McCouch, George H. W. Bush, Barbara Bush, David Carradine, Ed Koch, Jerry Stiller, Ann Meara, Paula Poundstone, Tom Selleck, Lou Diamond Phillips, Shirley Jones, and Van Johnson.  In addition, there are several photographs of Buckley’s friends and family, as well as ten photo albums of images regarding Buckley.

Correspondence in the collection includes personal and professional letters as well as fan mail.  The letters date from 1958 to 2012.  Some of the letters are grouped by subject, including telegrams and cards regarding the opening night of the musical Carrie (1988); letters regarding the musical Drood (1989); and letters from her family.  Notable correspondents include Diahann Carroll, Glenn Close, Horton Foote, Juliet Mills, Joseph Papp, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Patti LuPone, John Barrowman, Elaine Paige, Alan Campbell, and many others.

Professional material in the collection includes subject files of various items (including letters, printed items, and photographs) arranged around various topics, mainly different productions or other activities that Buckley was involved in.  Subjects include CatsCarrie, Eight is EnoughDroodMusic of the Night, Sunset Boulevard (several files), and other topics.  Additional material includes press kits, biographies, resumes, itineraries, sketches and notes regarding Buckley’s make-up for Sunset Boulevard, directories and crew lists (1999-2007), and various other items.

Printed material in the collection includes a wide variety of items, some regarding Buckley and her performances.  Included are magazines, newspapers, programs, playbills, brochures, catalogs, newsletters, flyers, posters, Internet print-outs, and other items. These items date from the 1950s to 2015.

Scrapbooks in the collection includes an album regarding a birthday (1994); an album regarding I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It On the Road; an album of various printed interviews and articles pertaining to Buckley (1980-1986); an album of letters, mostly thank-you notes (1994-1995), including items from Annette Bening, Alan Campbell, and Andrew Lloyd Webber; and a cast scrapbook from the London production of Sunset Boulevard.

Personal memorabilia in the collection includes awards, framed items, and various personal items, including Buckley’s Daytime Emmy nomination (1985) and a ticket from Buckley’s performance at the Scullers Jazz Club (2015). The series also contains items such as tickets, souvenirs, screening and backstage passes, and Buckley’s name plate for Promises, Promises (1969).

Artwork in the collection includes various sketches and drawings, including color sketches by Virginia Vestoff andwardrobe sketches for Triumph of Love (1997), one signed and dated by designer Catherine Zuber. There are also drawings of Buckley, including one by Robin Haslund Buch (2000), and a sketchbook from 1970.

Film and video material in the collection is extensive, and contains DVDs, VHS tapes, and beta tapes of Buckley’s appearances on both stage and screen, such as a DVD recording of the film Carrie (1976). This material dates from the early 1980’s to 2010.

Notebooks in the collection include notebooks containing sketches and miscellaneous notes by Buckley.

Other material in the collection includes a file of research material on abused women; contracts; financial material; legal material; journals; scrapbooks; and audio material, including two compact disc audio recordings: Betty Buckley’s Broadway (1999) and the complete original Broadway cast recording of Cats (1983), among other recordings.

Notable Figures
1. Buckley, Betty
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Drama, Film, and Television Subject Guide
2. Music Collections Subject Guide
3. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
4. Television Subject Guide
5. Helen Deutsch Research Section