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The Sullivan, Mark X. mss., ca. 1930-1952, consist of 16mm. reels of film featuring actress Miriam Hopkins (1902-1972). Hopkins was born in Savannah, GA and went to college at Goddard Seminary (now Goddard College) in Plainfield, VT and Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY. She began her career in show business as a chorus girl in New York City and quickly established herself on Broadway. Her first Hollywood film role was in Fast and Loose (1930). Hopkins went on to star in The Smiling Lieutenant (1931), with Maurice Chevalier; Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), with Fredric March; Dancers in the Dark (1932), with George Raft; Two Kinds of Women (1932); Trouble in Paradise (1932); Design for Living (1933), with March again, as well as Gary Cooper, and directed by Ernst Lubitsch; The Story of Temple Drake (1933); Becky Sharp (1935), for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress; and The Old Maid (1939), with her rival Bette Davis. Hopkins turned to supporting roles in both movies and television later in her career, including The Heiress (1949), starring Olivia de Havilland and Montgomery Clift, and directed by William Wyler; and The Chase (1966), starring Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda and Robert Redford, and directed by Arthur Penn.

An inventory is available.

Acquired: 2011

Collection size: 26 items

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