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Ralph Bellamy papers, 1924-1988

Bellamy, Ralph, 1904-1991

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  • Format Mixed Materials; Microforms; Videos, Slides, Films
  • Physical Details
    • 2.2 c.f. (5 archives boxes)
    • 1 reel of microfilm (35 mm), and
    • 1 film
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  • Papers of Ralph Bellamy (1904-1991), a noted actor whose career has spanned more than five decades and encompasses all major areas of entertainment--theater, motion pictures, radio, television, and writing. Documentation of Bellamy's theatrical work is especially rich, although all aspects of his career are covered. Included in the collection are biographical materials, an oral history interview transcript, awards and certificates, newspaper clippings and reviews, correspondence, and transcripts of Bellamy's congressional testimony concerning income tax averaging. Within the production files are programs from productions of the Ralph Bellamy Players (Des Moines, Iowa, 1926-1928); several programs, scripts, and other papers regarding plays, motion pictures, and television mini-series; and extensive information concerning Bellamy's portrayal of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in "Sunrise at Campobello" (theater, 1958-1960; film, 1960). Also in the collection are drafts, typescripts, and a printed copy of Bellamy's memoirs, "When the Smoke Hit the Fan" (Doubleday, 1979).


  • The film in this collection also is cataloged separately.
  • Portions of this collection are available only on microfilm.
  • Placed on deposit by Ralph Bellamy, Los Angeles, Calif., 1977, 1980, 1989.
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