Loos, Anita (1888-1981)
Scope:
The Anita Loos collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, and printed materials.

Manuscripts include two poems by Loos entitled "You and I, Alone" and "Son of a Sailor." Prose regarding various actors and actresses, directors and producers, films, and topics related to Hollywood includes subjects such as Carol Channing; Greta Garbo; Lillian Gish; Mary Pickford; Mickey Rooney; Irving Thalberg; John Emerson; MGM; silent films; early Hollywood; New York City; and Gentleman Prefer Blondes.  These subjects, among others, were most likely used by Loos in the creation of her autobiographies and memoirs, including A Girl Like I (1966).  Also included is Loos’ first play The Whole Town’s Talking: A Farce in Three Acts written with John Emerson in 1924; this original playscript is 112 mimeographed pages and is labeled "Players; Prompt Book."

Correspondence in the collection includes files, arranged by Loos, and general correspondence totaling approximately 290 items.  These letters, postcards, sympathy cards, and invitations from various actors, producers, and writers are dated 1926 to 1975.  Notable correspondents include Joan Crawford; Roddy McDowall; Cole Porter; Irene Selznick; Leonard Sillman; Gloria Vanderbilt; and Barbara Walters.

Printed materials include a Playbill for "NO, NO Nanette;"  a captioned magazine photograph of Louis Meyer, Anita Stewart, Marion Davies, Irving Thalberg, Elinor Glyn, and others; Joseph Schenck’s eulogy by Louis Nizer; an invitation to a tribute to Robert Emmet Sherwood; and miscellaneous newsclippings.

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Notable Figures
1. Loos, Anita, 1893-1981
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Drama, Film, and Television Subject Guide
2. Literary Collections Subject Guide
3. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
4. Helen Deutsch Research Section
5. Poems
6. Actresses
7. Actors
8. Women authors, American
9. American literature--20th century
10. Theater