Mary Beth Hurt papers
Scope and Contents
The Film series (1978-2008) is organized alphabetically according to the name of the production. Scripts, screen plays, photographs, and newspaper clippings are included in the series. Screen plays make up most of this series. Photographs can be found in Life of Jean Seberg and The World According to Garp folders. The back of Hurt’s stage chair from The Dead Girl, is a unique item that is located with the materials from that film.
The Television (1974-2001) series is also organized alphabetically according to the name of the production. Scripts and screen plays are included in this series.
The Photograph series (1962-2004) is organized alphabetically by production name or content. Unlabeled and miscellaneous photographs are arranged by year at the beginning of the series. Included in the series are photographs from the productions she was in as well as reviews, interviews, programs, and letters. They span the time from her work in high school until the 1980s. The photographs are mostly of the cast and crew. Some are live action shots from the productions and headshots for publicity. Photographs from her wedding to Hurt and from some of the trips she took in the 1970s are included and give a glimpse into her personal life. Some snap shots are also included in the General folders.
Two albums from Hurt’s high school and college years are included in the Photographs series. One had many interleaved materials from later in her life which are also included in the album series. Ticket stubs, programs, certificates, cast photos, and a “The New Yorker” magazine (2004) and a “Florida Horse Sales Summary” (1962) are also included in box 15 with the album. The second album located in box 20, contains photos and reviews for the plays that Hunt was in during her time at the University of Iowa.
The Books series (1979-1996) contains several books about the theater and film. Hurt is pictured or mentioned in them. Of particular interest is the book The Masks, in which Hurt designed a mask with many other theater performers.
The Artifacts series (1948-1986) contains of many different types of materials. Badges from movies, awards, trinkets, film and theater posters, and framed and mounted photographs of Hurt from productions are included. The materials are located in box 23-26.
- Hurt, Mary Beth (Person)
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Biographical / Historical
Mary Beth Hurt made her film debut in Woody Allen’s Interiors in 1978. She stayed mainly a Broadway performer after her debut, but has been in other films such as Head over Heels (AKA Chilly Scenes of Winter), Affliction, Light Sleeper, Autumn in New York, The Family Man, Untraceable, and No Ordinary Baby. She has also been in several TV movies and made appearances on TV shows such as Law and Order and has narrated children stories, such as, Leo the Late Bloomer (1999) and A Weekend with Wendell (1998).
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AUDIOVISUAL: 1 videocassettes [V434] ARTIFACTS: Boxes 22-25PHOTOGRAPHS: Boxes 1, 11-12, 15, 18-20, 22, 23-26 other_unmapped
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- June Silliman, 2009.
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