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Guide to the Dorothy Loudon Papers,
1885-2003
*T-Mss 2005-006
Billy Rose Theatre Division
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
The New York Public Library
New York, New York
Contact Information
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theatrediv@nypl.org
Processed by:
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Date Completed:
January 2010
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2010
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Descriptive Summary
Dorothy Loudon papers,
1885-2003
[bulk 1940-2003]
*T-Mss 2005-006
Loudon, Dorothy
20 linear feet
(75 boxes)
The New York Public Library.
Billy Rose Theatre Division
New York, New York
Dorothy Loudon (1925-2003) was a singer, comedienne and Tony Award-winning actress, who appeared in supper clubs, television shows, films, summer stock and on Broadway. The bulk of the materials in this collection are from 1940-2003. They extensively cover the personal life and professional career of Dorothy Loudon, including materials relating to stage, film and television productions, albums, nightclub performances as well as personal correspondence.
Administrative Information
Source
Dorothy Loudon Foundation, 2005
Custodial History
This collection was donated in 2005 by the Dorothy Loudon Foundation, Lionel Larner, Executive Director.
Access
Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required. Inquiries regarding audio and video materials in the series may be directed to the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound (rha@nypl.org). Audio/visual materials will be subject to preservation evaluation and migration prior to access.
Restrictions on Use
For permission to publish, contact the Curator, Billy Rose Theatre Division.
Processing Information
The collection was processed and cataloged in 2010.
Preferred Citation
Dorothy Loudon Papers, Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library.
Index Terms
Subjects:
Jazz
Television actors and actresses
Popular music
Musicals
Revues
Singers -- United States -- Biography
Musical theater -- New York (State) -- New York
Theater -- United States -- 20th century
Women singers -- United States
Actresses -- United States
Television actors and actresses
Document Types:
Artifacts
Awards
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Photographs
Posters
Scrapbooks
Scripts
Biographical note
Dorothy Loudon (1925-2003) was a singer, comedienne and Tony Award-winning actress, who appeared in supper clubs, television shows, films, summer stock and on Broadway. She was born on September 25, 1925 in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up and attended high school in Claremont, New Hampshire. Her mother was a pianist, and her grandmother taught speech and drama at a private school in New England.
After attending Syracuse University, Loudon worked in summer stock and on the national nightclub circuit for several years. She moved to Manhattan in the early 1950s, and worked as a nightclub singer, eventually headlining at such clubs as Jimmy Ryan's on 52nd Street, The Blue Angel and the Persian Room of the Plaza Hotel. She sang with Louis Armstrong and toured in concert with Ray Bolger and George Burns. Loudon honed her skills as a comedienne under the guidance of cabaret entrepreneur Julius Monk.
Loudon made her first appearance on the legitimate stage in the 1962 Off-Broadway production of
The World of Jules Feiffer
, directed by Mike Nichols. Her first Broadway show was the 1962 musical
Nowhere to Go but Up
, which was directed by Sidney Lumet and only ran for a week, but Loudon won a Theatre World Award for her performance. Later the same year Loudon garnered more attention for her debut on television's
The Garry Moore Show
, where whe was a regular for two seasons (1962-1964).
Loudon continued to be well-received in unsuccessful shows. She earned her first Tony nomination for her performance in the 1969 musical,
The Fig Leaves are Falling
, directed by George Abbott. In 1971, she played the mother of the title character in
Lolita, My Love
, a musical version of the famous Nabokov novel, written by Alan Jay Lerner and John Barry, which closed out of town. She also appeared on Broadway in short-lived revivals of the plays
Three Men on a Horse
(1969) and
The Women
(1973).
Loudon's big break came in 1977 when her campy performance as Miss Hannigan in the 1977 blockbuster
Annie
, garnered her Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for best performance by an actress in a musical and catapulted her to stardom. This was followed by Michael Bennett's
Ballroom
, for which she received a Tony Award nomination. In 1980 she was chosen to succeed Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Lovett in Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning musical
Sweeney Todd
. In 1985 she co-starred with Chita Rivera and Leslie Uggams in
Jerry's Girls
, a revue of Jerry Herman songs. Loudon also played Parthy in the Chicago engagement of Harold Prince's 1996 revival of Kern and Hammerstein's
Show Boat
.
Throughout her career, she continued to appear in straight plays as well as musicals. In 1981 Loudon co-starred with Katharine Hepburn in
The West Side Waltz
on Broadway and on tour and had another smash hit in Michael Frayn's farce
Noises Off
(1983.) Loudon starred in the national companies of
Driving Miss Daisy
(1989) and
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
(1981.) In 1991 she played Dolly Levi in an off-Broadway revival of Thornton Wilder's
The Matchmaker
. Her final Broadway appearance would have been as Carlotta Vance in the 2002 Lincoln Center Theater revival of
Dinner at Eight
, but medical problems forced her to withdraw from the show during previews.
Loudon released cabaret albums, such as
Broadway Baby
(1986),
Saloon
(1991) and
Something to Remember Me By
(2003) as well as recording individual tracks for compilation albums, including several editions of Ben Bagley's "Revisited" series. She had roles in such films as
Garbo Talks
(1984) and
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
(1997).
Concert appearances of Loudon's include
A Salute to Broadway Showstoppers at the White House
in 1988; tributes to George Abbott, Jerry Herman, Jule Styne, Irving Berlin, Michael Bennett, Richard Rodgers, Charles Strouse and Gwen Verdon, "Lyrics and Lyricists" at the 92nd Street Y; and the tribute,
Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall
(1992).
Loudon was the recipient of several service awards, including "Woman of Achievement" from the Anti-Defamation League, "Woman of the Year" from the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and participated in benefits for the New York City Gay Men's Chorus, Broadway Cares: Equity Fights AIDS, Lupus Research, Alzheimer's Disease Association, the Actors' Fund, Hospital Audiences Inc., the New Dramatists Guild, PBS, The New York Public Library and Museum of the City of New York, among others.
Loudon was married to composer-arranger Norman Paris, whose jazz group, The Norman Paris Trio, had frequently accompanied her in her nightclub days. After being in a relationship for several years before their marriage, Paris and Loudon were married from 1971 until his death in 1977. Loudon died in New York City on November 15, 2003.
Scope and Content Note
This collection, which ranges in date from 1885-2003, though the bulk of the materials are from 1940-2003, extensively covers the personal life and professional career of Dorothy Loudon, including materials relating to stage, film and television productions, albums, nightclub performances ans well as personal correspondence.
The personal files include correspondence with family and friends, family papers and items from Loudon's childhood and high school years, items pertaining to her husband Norman Paris and their marriage and appointment books and address books. The professional files include materials on Loudon's cabaret/nightclub engagements, awards, tributes, benefits, workshops and albums. The production files include scripts, programs, correspondence, opening night party guest books, publicity materials, contracts and notes from film, television and, primarily, stage productions in which Loudon appeared. These productions are also covered extensively in the scrapbooks Loudon maintained throughout her career. There are also scrapbooks on Loudon's career in general. In addition to the production shots in the scrapbooks there are also personal and family photos and other professional photographs, including headshots, portraits and shots of theater marquees. The sheet music and audio recordings represents Loudon's singing career, as a nightclub and recording artist. This collection also includes artifacts, such as costume pieces, framed posters, souvenir gifts from shows and awards.
Notable items in this collection include Loudon's correspondence with many notable figures in theatre, including Michael Bennett, Fred Ebb, Katharine Hepburn, John Kander, Angela Lansbury, Mike Nichols, Harold Prince and Stephen Sondheim; the production shots in Loudon's scrapbooks; the costume pieces in the artifacts series; and the rare, unreleased audio recordings of live performances in the audio visual materials series.
Organization
The Dorothy Loudon Papers are organized in the following series:
Series I: Personal Files, 1885-2003
Series II: Professional Files, 1944-2001
Series III: Productions, 1952-2002
Series IV: Scrapbooks, ca. 1940-2000
Series V: Photographs, ca. 1880-1996
Series VI: Scores, 1905-2000
Series VIII: Artifacts, 1898-1996
Series Descriptions and Container List
Series I: Personal Files,
1885-2003
1.A. Correspondence,
1947-2001
This sub-series contains Loudon's personal correspondence. Her most frequent correspondent was her father, James Edwin Loudon and 30 years of letters from him are represented here. This series also includes extensive correspondence from Loudon's husband, Norman Paris and her mother, Dorothy Loudon (ne Shaw). Other correspondents include her paternal grandmother, Lola Mae Loudon (ne Albee), friends Arthur Gorton and Lionel Larner. Other general correspondence, which consists mainly of greeting cards, is arranged chronologically. Notable correspondents include Bob Avian, Michael Bennett, Fred Ebb, Katharine Hepburn, John Kander, James Kirkwood, Angela Lansbury, Mike Nichols, Harold Prince, Rex Reed and Stephen Sondheim. All correspondence is with Loudon, except where noted.
General,
1950s-2000s, n.d.
box 1
folder 1
1950s, 1960s
box 1
folder 2
1970s
box 1
folder 3-4
1980s
box 1
folder 5
1990s
box 1
folder 6
2000s, n.d.
box 2
folder 1-2
Undated
box 3
folder 1-5
1940s-1980s
box 3
folder 6
With other correspondents,
1959-1981, n.d.
box 4
folder 1
Mrs. James E. (Lola Mae Albee) Loudon, Sr. (Dorothy Loudon's paternal grandmother),
1957-1964
Includes one letter from his son, Mark Paris.
Includes Bob Avian, Michael Bennett, Fred Ebb, Katharine Hepburn, John Kander, James Kirkwood, Angela Lansbury, Mike Nichols, Harold Prince, Rex Reed and Stephen Sondheim.
1.B. Personal Miscellany,
1885-2003
This sub-series contains items pertaining to Dorothy Loudon's personal life. The earliest records in this sub-series document her family's history; with genealogical records, her parents' marriage certificate, wedding book and obituaries; and Loudon's childhood and youth are covered with a detailed baby book maintained by her mother, documenting her early development; grade school report cards from 1933; and her 1943 high school yearbook, which includes the sheet music for the class graduation song, with music and lyrics by Loudon. Also included in this sub-series are address books, appointment books and a birthday book, maintained by Loudon from 1967-2003, as well as miscellaneous personal items, such as a prayer book, passports, notes on Loudon's fitness regime, membership cards and travel itineraries. There are also clippings on Loudon's husband, Norman Paris; the certificate, wedding service program and invitations from their marriage in 1971; and the guest books from his memorial service in 1977 and the guest books and program for Loudon's memorial service in 2003 can also be found here.
Address Books,
1976, 2001, n.d.
box 5
folder 1
Christmas Card List,
1976
box 5
folder 2
2001, n.d.
box 5
folder 3-6
Undated
Appointment Books
box 6
folder 1-6
1967, 1996
box 7
folder 1-3
1997-2003
box 7
folder 4
Birthday Book,
1977
box 7
folder 5
Calendar,
1977
Childhood,
1925-1943
box 7
folder 6
Baby book (1925)
box 7
folder 7
Prayer book,
Undated
box 7
folder 8
Grade school and high school,
1933-1943
Includes yearbook, with printed sheet music for graduation song with music and lyrics by Loudon.
box 7
folder 9
Family,
1885-1990
Loudon's Memorial Service,
2003 Nov 19
box 8
folder 1-2
Guest Books
box 8
folder 3
Program
box 8
folder 5
Norman Paris (Loudon's husband),
1977, n.d.
box 75
folder 1
Poster,
1995
Series II: Professional Files,
1944-2001
Inquiries regarding audio and video materials in the series may be directed to the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound (rha@nypl.org). Audio/visual materials will be subject to preservation evaluation and migration prior to access.
This series consists of correspondence, publicity materials, programs, certificates and general files which relate to Loudon's professional life, outside of specific productions she appeared in. These files also document her cabaret/nightclub engagements, awards Loudon received, including her three Tony Award nominations, tributes and benefit concerts she performed in, a musical theatre workshop she taught and albums she recorded.
This series also includes sound and video recordings, such as live recordings of benefits and tributes in which Loudon appeared include
Night of 100 Stars
,
Happy Birthday Mr. Abbott
,
Lyrics and Lyricists at the 92nd St Y
, a Mabel Mercer celebration at Town Hall,
Sondheim at Carnegie Hall
and Charles Strouse and Jule Styne tributes. There are recordings of commercial and non-commercial recordings of songs associated with Loudon's nightclub and cabaret career and well as from recordings, including her albums
Broadway Baby
,
Dorothy Loudon at the Blue Angel
and
Saloon
as well as the Alan Jay Lerner, Noel Coward and Youmans & DeSylva, Henderson & Brown editions of Ben Bagley's "Re-Visited" series, which included songs performed by Loudon. Also included are song recordings sent to Loudon by Jerry Bock, Craig Carnelia and Kander & Ebb, interviews with Loudon and Loudon's Musical Comedy Workshop.
box 9
folder 1
Awards and tributes,
1959-1987
Includes Tony Award nominations.
box 74
folder 1
Awards,
1969, 1978
box 9
folder 2-3
Benefits and tributes,
1984-1998
box 75
folder 2
Benefits,
1989
Correspondence ,
1950s-1990s
box 9
folder 4-6
Telegrams,
1958-1981, n.d.
box 9
folder 8-15
1958-1981, n.d.
box 10
folder 1-7
1958-1981, n.d.
This folder containes notes, membership cards, articles and other memorabilia.
Recordings,
1986, 1991
box 10
folder 9
Broadway Baby
,
1986
box 10
folder 10
Saloon
,
1991
Scripts
box 10
folder 11
The Act
,
1977
box 10
folder 12
Little Me
,
Undated
box 10
folder 13
Sketches of Loudon,
1978, n.d.
box 10
folder 14
box 10
folder 15
Workshop Guest Book,
1983 Aug 22
Series III: Productions,
1952-2002
Inquiries regarding audio and video materials in the series may be directed to the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound (rha@nypl.org). Audio/visual materials will be subject to preservation evaluation and migration prior to access.
This series contains materials pertaining to productions Loudon appeared in. The majority of these are theatrical productions, including Broadway productions, such as
Nowhere to Go But Up
(1962), Nol Coward's
Sweet Potato
(1968),
The Fig Leaves Are Falling
(1969),
Three Men on a Horse
(1969),
The Women
(1973),
Annie
(1977),
Ballroom
, (1978)
Sweeney Todd
(1979),
The West Side Waltz
(1981),
Noises Off
(1983),
Jerry's Girls
(1985),
Dinner at Eight
(2002), as well as off-Broadway, regional and touring productions, such as
The Unsinkable Molly Brown
(1963),
The Apple Tree
(1967),
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
(1971),
Princess Grace and the Fazzaris
(1982),
Annie II: Miss Hannigan's Revenge
(1989),
Driving Miss Daisy
(1989),
Love Letters
(1991),
The Matchmaker
(1991),
Show Boat
(1996),
Sweet Adeline
(1997),
Over and Over
(1999) and
High Spirits
. There are also a few items on Loudon's film and television appearances and various tributes and benefits she performed in. The types of items in this series include scripts and scene excerpts, programs, congratulatory opening night correspondence, opening night party guest books, clippings and reviews, publicity materials, cast lists/contact sheets, contracts, rehearsal schedules and notes.
This series contains sound and video recordings, including recordings of live performances of stage productions, such as
Annie
,
Annie 2
,
Ballroom
,
The Fig Leaves are Falling
,
It Gives Me Great Pleasure
,
Jerry's Girls
,
Lolita, My Love
,
Nowhere to Go But Up
,
Princess Grace and the Fazzaris
,
Sweeney Todd
(starring Loudon & George Hearn),
Sweet Adeline
and
The West Side Waltz
. Also included are recordings of songs from television shows she appeared in, such as
The Garry Moore Show
,
Dorothy
,
The Milton Berle Show
and
The Arthur Murray Show
. There are also demos of such shows as,
Luv
,
Musicale
,
Night of the Hunter
,
The Showgirl of 72nd St
and
The Skin of Our Teeth
.
Theater,
1962-2002
box 11
folder 3-7
Annie 2: Miss Hannighan's Revenge
,
1989, n.d.
Includes script
box 11
folder 8
Anything Goes
,
1963
box 11
folder 9
The Apple Tree
,
1967 Dec
Mineola Theatre
box 12
folder 1-2
Includes script
box 12
folder 3-5
Ballroom
,
1978-1979
Includes script
box 12
folder 6
box 12
folder 7-8
Driving Miss Daisy
,
1989, 1994
Includes script
box 13
folder 1-2
The Effect of Gamma-Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
,
1981
Includes script
box 13
folder 3
The Fig Leaves Are Falling
,
1968-1969
box 13
folder 4
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
-Script,
Undated
Script only
box 13
folder 5
High Spirits
,
Undated
box 13
folder 7
It Gives Me Great Pleasure
,
Undated
Script only
box 13
folder 8-9
Includes scripts for
Jerry's Girls
and
Dear World
box 14
folder 1-2
Jerry's Girls
,
1985, n.d.
box 14
folder 3-5
Lolita, My Love
,
1970-1971, n.d.
Scripts only
box 14
folder 6-7
Includes script
Royal Poinciana Playhouse, Palm Beach, Fl
box 14
folder 8-9
box 14
folder 10
The Male Animal
,
Undated
National tour
box 14
folder 11
The Matchmaker
,
1991
box 15
folder 1-4
Includes script
box 15
folder 5
Nowhere to Go But Up
,
1962
box 16
folder 1-2
Over and Over
,
1998, 1999
Includes script
box 16
folder 3-5
Princess Grace and the Fazzaris
,
1982-1983
Includes script
box 16
folder 6-7
Show Boat
,
1996
Includes script
box 17
folder 1-2
Sweeney Todd
,
1980
box 17
folder 3-4
Sweet Adeline,
1997
box 17
folder 5
Sweet Potato
,
1968
box 17
folder 6-9
Sylvia
,
Undated
Scripts only
box 18
folder 1-2
Three Men on a Horse
,
1963, 1969
Includes script
box 18
folder 3
The Torch-Bearers
,
Undated
Script only
box 18
folder 4
Under the Palace
,
1991
Script only
box 18
folder 5
The Unsinkable Molly Brown
,
1963
box 18
folder 6-8
The West Side Waltz
,
1980-1982, n.d.
Includes script
box 19
folder 1-4
The West Side Waltz
,
1980-1982, n.d.
Includes script
box 19
folder 5-6
The Women
,
1973
Includes script.
box 19
folder 7
You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running
,
Undated
Script only
Television and film,
1961-1998
box 20
folder 1
Dinah Shore Chevy Show
-Production files,
1961
box 20
folder 2-3
Garbo Talks
,
1984
Includes script
box 20
folder 4
The Garry Moore Show
,
1963
box 20
folder 5
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
(Workshop)-Script,
1998 Jun 29
Script only
box 20
folder 6-7
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
,
1997
Includes script
box 20
folder 8
The Sid Caesar Show
,
1987 Mar 31
box 20
folder 9
Series IV: Scrapbooks,
ca. 1940-2000
This series consists of meticulously assembled, bound scrapbooks documenting Loudon's career, which provide an excellent overview of Ms. Loudon's work. There are scrapbooks on her major theater, film and televisions productions, as well as on her early career as a cabaret/nightclub singer and as a performer in summer stock, and a few on her career in general, on the solo albums she recorded and on benefits, concerts and special events she performed in. The materials in these scrapbooks are photographs, including productions shots and portraits, correspondence, (mostly congratulatory telegrams and cards), clippings (interviews and reviews) as well as other publicity materials, such as flyers, press releases contacts, sheet music, programs, costume sketches and other ephemera.
General Career,
1940s-2000s
Cabaret/Nightclubs/Early Career
box 45
box 46
box 47
General Press
box 48
box 49
box 50
box 51
Stock
box 53
box 54
Series V: Photographs,
ca. 1880-1996
This series contains personal photographs, including many of Loudon as a child and as a young woman, many with her parents and other family members. There are also several nineteenth-century photographs of her ancestors. There are photographs of Loudon as an adult with various friends; many of them are from boat trips to Europe and other locations. There are also several signed headshots from James Kirkwood, Jr. There are also photographs of Loudon's husband, Norman Paris, including professional portraits, as well as candid photographs of Paris and Loudon, celebrating special events such as their wedding and Paris' birthday. Professional photographs include headshots, portraits and candid images of Loudon performing as well as a few production photos and photos of marquees and posters for shows Loudon appeared in. Also see Series IV: Scrapbooks, for production shots.
Personal,
ca. 1880s-1970s
box 59
folder 1-4
Early family and childhood,
Undated
box 59
folder 3-7
box 60
folder 1-3
Loudon and Paris with friends,
1950s-1970s
box 60
folder 4
Loudon and Paris with James Loudon,
1975
box 60
folder 8-9
Miscellaneous,
1970s, n.d.
Professional,
1940s-1980s
box 61
folder 2
General,
1960s-1980s, n.d.
box 74
folder 2
Publicity shots,
1978, n.d.
Productions,
1959-1996
box 61
folder 7
box 61
folder 10
Jerry's Girls
,
1985
box 61
folder 11
box 61
folder 12
Princess Grace and the Fazzaris
,
1982
box 62
folder 1
Show Boat
,
1996
box 62
folder 2
Sweeney Todd
,
1980
box 62
folder 3
The West Side Waltz
,
Undated
box 62
folder 4
The Women
,
Undated
box 62
folder 5
The Unsinkable Molly Brown
,
1963
box 62
folder 6
Various,
1959-1977
box 74
folder 3
Theater marquees,
Undated
Series VI: Scores,
1905-2000
This series includes mainly conductor/piano score and orchestra parts for arrangements of songs Loudon performed in nightclub/cabaret acts, recordings, stage productions, benefits, and televisions shows. Some published songs are also included.
box 63
folder 1
A, Various published songs,
1915-1993, n.d.
box 63
folder 2-4
"After You've Gone",
Undated
box 74
folder 4
"After You've Gone",
Undated
box 63
folder 5
"Algernon",
Undated
box 63
folder 6
"All It Takes",
Undated
box 63
folder 7
"All I've Got is Me",
1985
box 63
folder 8
"All Man",
Undated
box 63
folder 9
"All the Sad Young Men",
Undated
box 63
folder 10
B-C, Various published songs,
1915-1993, n.d.
box 63
folder 11
"The Beauty in You",
Undated
box 63
folder 12
"Big Bad Bill",
1924
box 63
folder 13
"Blow, Gabriel, Blow",
1953
box 63
folder 14
"Bobo's",
1977, n.d.
box 63
folder 15
"Broadway",
1917
box 63
folder 16
"Broadway Baby",
Undated
box 63
folder 17
"Buddy Bolden's Blues",
1939-1950
box 63
folder 18
C, Various published songs,
1909-1994, n.d.
box 63
folder 19
"Class Song of 1943",
1943
box 74
folder 5
"Channel 13: Only the Best",
1988
box 63
folder 20
"Cole Porter Needs a Rest",
Undated
box 63
folder 21
"A Cottage for Sale",
1930, n.d.
box 63
folder 22
"Couldtn't Be Happier",
Undated
box 64
folder 1
D, Various published songs,
1908-1966
box 64
folder 2
"Daisy",
Undated
box 64
folder 3
"Dirty Hands, Dirty Face",
1923, n.d.
box 64
folder 4
"Disgustingly Rich",
Undated
box 64
folder 5
"Dollar for a Dime"/"Anyone til Youx",
Undated
box 64
folder 6
"Don't Ask a Lady",
Undated
box 64
folder 7
"Dorothy, Dorothy",
Undated
Parody of
Little Girls
written by Charles Strouse as a tribute to Loudon.
box 64
folder 8
"Dream Time",
1980
box 64
folder 9
"Dust Off that Old Piano",
Undated
box 64
folder 10
E, Various published songs,
1910-1977
box 74
folder 6
"Ev'ry Street's a Boulevard",
Undated
box 64
folder 11
F, Various published songs,
1924-1968
box 64
folder 12
"Fifty Percent",
1978 Dec 8, Undated
box 64
folder 13
"Fish",
Undated
box 64
folder 14
"Five Little Piggies",
Undated
box 64
folder 15
G, Various published songs,
1930-1981
box 64
folder 16
"Get Happy",
1951
box 64
folder 17
"Good Evening",
Undated
box 64
folder 18
"A Good Man Is Hard to Find",
1917, 1954
box 64
folder 19
"Guess Who Was There",
Undated
box 65
folder 1
H, Various published songs,
1905-1986
box 65
folder 2
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas",
Undated
box 65
folder 3
"He Was Married",
Undated
box 65
folder 4
"He Was Too Good to Me",
1930, n.d.
box 65
folder 6
"Here's Where I Belong",
Undated
box 65
folder 7
"Hey Love",
1963, n.d.
box 65
folder 8
"How Could I Ever Say No?",
Undated
box 65
folder 9-11
I, Various published songs,
1914-1993
box 65
folder 12
"I Ain't Got Nobody",
Undated
box 66
folder 1
"I Don't Care",
1939, n.d.
box 66
folder 2
"I Get the Blues When It Rains",
n.d.
box 66
folder 3
"I Got Rhythm",
1951, n.d.
box 66
folder 4
"I Hadn't Anyone Til You",
Undated
box 66
folder 5
"I Like It Here in Chicago",
1982
box 66
folder 6
"I Love a Piano"/"Simple Melody",
Undated
box 66
folder 7
" Remember It Well",
Undated
box 66
folder 8
" Should Be Put Away (for Life)",
Undated
box 66
folder 9
"I Wanna Be Around" Undated},
"I Wanna Be Around" Undated
box 66
folder 10
"I Wanna Say Hello",
1951
box 66
folder 11
"I'm Just Wild About Harry",
Undated
box 67
folder 1-2
"I'm the Lonesomest Gal in Town",
1912, 1940, 1953
box 67
folder 3
"I'm Not Through",
1972
box 67
folder 4
"I'm Still Here",
2000
box 67
folder 5
"'m With You",
Undated
box 67
folder 6
"The Intellectual's Rag",
Undated
box 67
folder 7
"Isn't This Better",
Undated
box 67
folder 8
"t's All for the Best",
1978
box 67
folder 9
"It's the Strangest Thing",
1978 Apr 1
box 67
folder 10
"I've Got Everything",
Undated
box 67
folder 11
J-K, Various published songs,
1923-1957
box 67
folder 12
"Kumquat Pandowdy",
Undated
box 67
folder 13
L, Various published songs,
1921-1990
box 67
folder 14
"Last Stop",
Undated
box 68
folder 1
"Lazy River",
Undated
box 68
folder 2
"Life Begins at Sweet Sixteen",
Undated
box 68
folder 3
"A Little More Mascara",
1984 Feb. apr
box 68
folder 4
"Losing My Mind",
1971, n.d.
box 68
folder 5
"Lucky In Love"/"Lucky Day",
1993 Nov 17
box 68
folder 6
M, Various published songs,
1922-1966
box 68
folder 7
"Make the Man Love Me",
1951
box 68
folder 8
"Mama-Mama Put the Kettle On",
1952
box 68
folder 9
"Mean Man",
Undated
box 68
folder 10
"Mink! Mink! Mink!",
Undated
box 68
folder 11
"Mrs. Updike",
Undated
box 68
folder 12
"Music, Maestro, Please",
1951
box 68
folder 13
"The Music Still Plays On",
Undated
box 68
folder 14
N, Various published songs,
1929-1979
box 68
folder 15
"Nathional Anthem",
1973
box 68
folder 16
"Never Kiss",
1960
box 68
folder 17
"Nickel & Dine Man",
Undated
box 68
folder 18
"The Night the Hurricaine Struck",
Undated
box 69
folder 1
"Nickelodeon Rag",
1951
box 69
folder 2
"Nobody Medley",
1956, 1965, 1973, n.d.
box 69
folder 3
"Nothing",
1957
box 69
folder 4
"Now I Beleive",
1931
box 69
folder 5
O, Various published songs,
1918-1969
box 69
folder 6
"Oh, to Be a Movie Star",
Undated
box 69
folder 7
"Old Folks,
1938, n.d.
box 69
folder 8
"Once Again",
1994
box 69
folder 9
"Once Upon My Life",
1985 Mar 20
box 69
folder 10
"The Only Way to Go",
Undated
box 69
folder 11
P, Various published songs,
1922-1963
box 69
folder 12
"The Party's Over Now",
Undated
box 69
folder 13
"Plenty of Nothing",
Undated
box 69
folder 14
"Plain, Ev'ryday Blues",
1948
box 69
folder 15
"The Pretty Side of Bernie and Me",
1992
box 69
folder 16
"Prologue",
1974
box 69
folder 17
Q-R, Various published songs,
1926-1969
box 69
folder 18
S, Various published songs,
1921-1974
box 70
folder 1
"Saloon Medley",
Undated
box 70
folder 2
"Samantha Shovel",
Undated
box 70
folder 3-5
"Sara Lee",
1965, n.d.
box 70
folder 6
"Shanghai",
1951
box 70
folder 7
"The Shelter of Your Arms",
1980
box 70
folder 8
"Sinnin' Again",
Undated
box 70
folder 9
"Sleepytime Down South",
1951
box 70
folder 10-11
"Some of These Days",
1951, n.d.
box 74
folder 7
"Some of These Days",
Undated
box 71
folder 1
"Sometimes I'm Happy",
1951
box 71
folder 2
"Southern Medley",
1951-1952
box 71
folder 3
"Spend Your Life on a Merry-Go-Round",
Undated
box 71
folder 4
"Spring Again",
Undated
box 71
folder 5
"Stormy Weather",
1933, n.d.
box 71
folder 6
"Surprise Yourself",
Undated
box 71
folder 7
T, Various published songs,
1922-1977
box 71
folder 8
"Tea for Two",
1926, n.d.
box 71
folder 9
"Tennessee Fish Fry",
Undated
box 71
folder 10
"That is the End of the News",
Undated
box 71
folder 11
"The Theatree Is a Lady",
Undated
box 71
folder 12
"There When I Need Him",
1977 Sep 29
box 71
folder 13
"There'll Be No New Tunes",
Undated
box 71
folder 14
"There'll Be Some Changes Made",
Undated
box 71
folder 15
"There's a Great Day Coming",
Undated
box 71
folder 16
"Things Could Be Worse",
1985 Mar 17
box 71
folder 17
"Three",
Undated
box 71
folder 18
"Those Were the Days",
Undated
box 71
folder 19
"The Thrill Is Gone",
Undated
box 71
folder 20
"Trip to Acapulco",
Undated
box 71
folder 21
"True Love Don't Weep",
1948/1949
box 71
folder 22
"Truly Content",
1986
box 71
folder 23
"Try It on Your Own Piano",
Undated
box 72
folder 1
U-V, Various published songs,
1932-1937
box 72
folder 2
"Ugly Chile",
1945, 1951, n.d.
box 72
folder 3
"Upper New Jersey Hop",
1959
box 72
folder 4
"Vaudeville Medley",
1961, n.d.
box 72
folder 5
W, Various published songs,
1922-1981
box 72
folder 6
"We Who Are About to Die",
Undated
box 72
folder 7
"We're All Right",
Undated
box 72
folder 8
"When Somebody Cares",
1981
box 72
folder 9
"When You Chose to Love Somebody",
Undated
box 72
folder 10
"Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams",
1931, 1952-1957
box 72
folder 11
Y-Z, Various published songs,
1923-1970, n.d.
box 72
folder 12
"You Made Me Love You",
1950, 1951
box 73
folder 1
"You Made Me Love You",
1951
box 73
folder 2
"You Must Remember (to Forget)",
1982
box 73
folder 3-4
"You've Got to See Mamma Ev'ry Night",
1923, n.d.
box 73
folder 5
"Zing a Little Zong",
1952, n.d.
box 73
folder 6-7
Various,
1982-1994, n.d.
Series VIII: Artifacts,
1898-1996
Separated to the *T-Cabinet, Billy Rose Theatre Division. Please see a librarian for access to these items.
This series constains early family and childhood books and ephemera, oversized framed posters, award plaques and statues, souvenirs from shows, opening night gifts and costume pieces, including a tiara, ballet slippers, a hat Loudon wore in Noises Off and the whistle she used in Annie.
Awards,
1977, 1986, n.d.
Anti-Defamation League Woman of Achievement,
1986 Nov 6
Back Stage Bistro Award for
Saloon
,
1982
The Best of the Best, A Show of Concern to Benefit AIDS Research and Care,
Undated
Flying Colonel Plaque Delta "In recognition of major contributions to and support of Delta Airlines",
Undated
Dance Educators of America Award,
1977 Jul 10
Lambs,
1984 Oct 14
Mabel Mercer Foundation, to "Dorothy Loudon: A Cabaret Classic" Glass paperweight,
Undated
RCMHP Picnic Olympics Award,
1990 Nov 15
Royal Alexandra 80th Anniversary Plaque,
1981
Shining Star, Juvenile Diabetes Fund,
1986 Nov 15
Actors' Fund of America, Edwin Forrest Society, Paperweight,
Undated
Shepherd Award, Outstanding Achievement in the Theatre,
Undated
Childhood, family and personal items,
1898-1948, n.d.
Books,
1898-1948, n.d.
Ballads: Rudyard Kipling
, Property of Ernest Shaw,
1898 Mar
Bibles (4), One is Loudon's personal copy,
1935 Feb 17
Birthday Book,
1948
Book of Common Prayer
, to Dorothy H. Shaw from Miss Thorn,
Undated
Poetical Works of E.B. Browning
, with dedication to "Sugar, from Grandmother", with snapshot,
Undated
Loudon's hair, 15 months old,
1926
Sympathy note from Lionel Larner,
Undated
Valentine's Day card to Loudon from grandmother, with lace handkerchief,
1926
Miscellaneous,
1963, n.d.
Hold the Mayo
, Gag poster,
Undated
Night of 1000 Stars, Glass paperweight,
Undated
State of New Hampshire, Home Resolution poster,
Undated
TV Guide
cover portrait of Loudon, framed poster,
1963 Jun 1
Productions,
1963-1996, n.d.
Annie
,
1976-1978, n.d.
Cue
's Golden Apple Award,
1977
Drama Desk Award,
1976-1977
Poster, Christmas Special,
Undated
Poster, Marquis Theatre,
Undated
Rag Doll,
Undated
Sandy: The Autobiography of a Star
, with dedication to Loudon from William Berloni,
1978 Apr
Star Photo frame,
1977 Apr 21
Thomas Meehan Theatre Award, "For Brilliance as Miss Hannighan in
Annie
",
1977 Apr 21
Tote bag,
Undated
Whistle,
Undated
Annie 2: Miss Hannighan's Revenge
,
Undated
Button
Dressing room plaque
Poster, Kennedy Center
The Apple Tree
, Poster,
1967-1968
Mineola Theatre, with Loudon, Alan Alda, Swen Swenson
Ballroom
, Glass paperweight,
Undated
The Effect of Gamma-Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
, Framed Poster,
Undated
Driving Miss Daisy
,
Undated
Framed Poster
Souvenir frame with photograph of Loudon and co-stars
The Fig Leaves Are Falling
, Framed poster, opening night gift,
1969 Jan 2
Garbo Talks
, Canvas banner,
Undated
Jerry's Girls
, Framed Posters,
Undated
Love Letters
, Poster,
Undated
By A. R. Gurney, National Theatre, D.C., Loudon and Hal Linden
Luv
, Poster,
Undated
The Matchmaker
, Poster,
Undated
The Roundabout Theatre Co.
Noises Off
,
1983-1984, n.d.
Drama Desk Award,
1983-1984
Dressing room door sign,
Undated
Hat worn by Loudon in production,
Undated
Photograph of Loudon,
Undated
TOR Award, Best Actress,
1983
No Where to Go But Up
, Theatre World Award,
1963
Plaza Suite
, Framed Poster,
Undated
Westport County Playhouse
Show Boat
,
1996, n.d.
Cigarette case, Chicago for "Parthy",
1996
Frame with photograph of Loudon,
Undated
Framed poster,
Undated
Glass Paperweight, Chicago premiere,
1996 Mar 24
Pillow,
Undated
Sondheim at Carnegie Hall
Framed poster,
Undated
Sweeney Todd
,
1980, n.d.
Mrs. Lovett Doll,
Undated
Pie Shop model, made for Loudon by the crew,
1980
The Unsinkable Molly Brown
, Framed posters,
Undated
South Shore Music Circus
The West Side Waltz
,
Undated
Framed poster with quotations from reviews
Tote bags
Katherine Hepburn in
The West Side Waltz
with Dorothy Loudon
Dorothy Loudon in
The West Side Waltz
with Katherine Hepburn
You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running
, Framed poster,
Undated
Lakes Region Playhouse, Laconia, NH
Various Productions,
1982, n.d.
Ballet slippers,
Undated
Dressing room plaque, Gold Star,
Undated
Glass Dressing Room sign
Glass paperweight, Tiffany Music Note from Kander & Ebb "With Love, Fred and John",
1988 May 2
Tiara,
Undated