Franz, Elizabeth (1941- )
Scope:
The Elizabeth Franz collection consists of manuscripts, printed material, correspondence, professional material, personal memorabilia, video, and other items.

Manuscripts in the collection consist of scripts for stage plays or films in which Franz has appeared, and some for which she has not. Most titles include variant drafts, as well as Franz’s rehearsal and performance markings and notations.

Manuscripts for stage plays include Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound, both by Neil Simon; Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, by Christopher Durang; The Cemetery Club, by Ivan Menchell; Getting Married, by George Bernard Shaw; Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller; Morning’s at Seven, by Paul Osborn; Long Day’s Journey Into Night, by Eugene O’Neill; the revised version of The Buried Child, by Sam Shepard; The Cripple of Inishman, by Martin McDonough; and others.

Manuscripts for screenplays include The Substance of Fire, by Jon Robin Baitz (1995); A Fish in the Bathtub, by David Chudnovsky, John Silverstein and Raphael D. Silver (1999); Loopy, by Seth Michael Donsky (2004); and Christmas with the Kranks, by Chris Columbus (2004).

Manuscripts for teleplays in the collection include “The Treachery of Compromise,” season 2, episode 15 of Judging Amy (2001); “The Ins and Outs of Inns,” season 2, episode 8 of Gilmore Girls (2001); “Look Again,” premiere episode of Cold Case (2003); This Much I Know (also called An Unexpected Love ), by Lee Rose (2003); “Married with Children,” season 14, episode 13 of Law and Order (2004); and “Scavenger,” season 6, episode 4 of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (2004).

Printed material in the collection primarily consists of newspaper clippings, magazines, promotional posters, and theater programs regarding various performances by Franz. This material dates from the 1960s to 2003.

Correspondence in the collection includes personal and professional letters, dating from 1983 to 2004. Several letters from 1999-2000 concern Franz’s Tony award-winning performance in Death of a Salesman ; these correspondents include Philip Cusack, Dom DeLuise, Brian Dennehy, Martin Duberman, Tovah Feldshuh, Horton Foote, George Gizzard, Tom Hanks, Peter Jennings, Jerome Kilty, Benjamin Mordecai, John Pielmeier, Charlotte Rae, Ron Rifkin. Also present are letters from Tyne Daly and William Biff McGuire.

Professional material consists of call sheets, shooting schedules, contracts, intineraries, contact lists, photos, calendars, letters, and other items regarding various productions. Titles represented include Death of a Salesman (1999); The Play Wright’s the Think, a benefit for Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS (1999); commencement for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (1999); Loopy (2002-2005); Cold Case (2003); The Buried Child at the National Theatre, London (2004); Morning’s at Seven (2002-2003); and The Bird Sanctuary at the Pittsburgh Public Theater (2004-2005).

Personal memorabilia in the collection includes Franz’s 1999 Tony award for best performance in Death of a Salesman (1999), as well as her Friends of New York Theatre (1999), Elliot Norton (2001) and Theatre League Alliance Ovation (2001) awards for the same production. Also present is her Obie award for Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You (1980); her nomination for an Antoinette Perry award for Morning’s at Seven (2001-2002), and other items.

Video recordings in the collection consist of VHS video cassettes, primarily of performances by Franz. Titles include the television feature The House of Mirth (1980); an episode of the television series Spenser: For Hire (1985); the television feature The Rise of Daniel Rocket (1986); the television feature Dottie (1987), as well as the theater production; an episode of the television series Monsters (1989); the television feature A Town’s Revenge (1989); two episodes of the television series Roseanne (1990); the television feature Twisted (1996); the first episode of the television series Cold Case (2003); and the television feature An Unexpected Love (2003). Additional tapes include Franz at the 1999 Tony awards, interviews, and footage of her work on stage.

Other material in the collection includes a scrapbook regarding Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You (1979), with an outraged letter from the Morality Action Committee of the Catholic Church; several contracts for various productions; financial material; audio recordings; artwork; and several photographs.

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Notable Figures
1. Franz, Elizabeth, 1941-
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Drama, Film, and Television Subject Guide
2. Television Subject Guide
3. Helen Deutsch Research Section