Starr Faithfull in New York

Although Starr Faithfull lived for only 25 years, she inspired several authors to write about her. Born January 26, 1906 in Evanston, IL, Starr died in June 1931 after a Long Island boat party.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Starr Faithfull: A Body of Archives

On this Sunday morning in May, this girl who later was to be the cause of a sensation in New York, awoke much too early for her night before. One minute she was asleep, the next she was completely awake and dumped into despair. . . BUtterfield 8 by John O'Hara

Robert Blees Productions. (5 linear feet). MsC 124. [Finding Aid]

Robert Blees (1918- ). Born Lathrop, Montana, educated Dartmouth College. American film and tv script-writer/ producer. From 1940, scenarist for Warner Bros. Formerly a Board member of the Screen Writers Guild, Executive Board member of Screen Producers Guild and Board of Directors member of the Producers-Writers Pension Plan.

BUtterfield 8: archival material from the 1960 film version

The collection consists of 16 boxes, (12 of written materials, three containing still photographs of motion pictures and one box of non-commercial sound recordings from soundtracks) as well as an oversized drawer. Most of the written material such as scripts, treatments, and fiction are by Blees. These include the screenplay for the remake of Magnificent Obsession and a number of scripts for the TV series Combat!, which Blees produced. There are also a number of scripts by other authors, including . . . .
Miscellaneous materials include budget information, memos, correspondence, etc. The still photographs section contains stills from a large number of outstanding Hollywood films, mostly of the thirties and forties. The non-commercial sound recordings feature music from the television series Bus Stop and Combat! and musical arrangements from the motion picture Snows of Kilimanjaro.
Included in the oversized drawer are miscellaneous artist renderings and photostats on the murder of Starr Faithfull, recreated by John O'Hara in his novel Butterfield 8 and played by Elizabeth Taylor in the 1960 film version.
BUtterfield 8: archives from the 1960 film version stored here: Motion Picture and Television Related Collections Held by the University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections
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