Alice Ghostley Materials

MC 1846

Special Collections Department
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Jordan Frankenburger, 2012.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Ghostley, Alice, 1924-2007
Alice Ghostley Materials
Inclusive Dates
MC 1846
.75 linear feet (1 box)
Materials are in English.
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

The Alice Ghostley Materials were donated to the Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, on August 11, 2009 by John Graham of San Francisco, California.

Processing Information

Processed by Jordan Frankenburger; completed February, 2012.

Preferred Form of Citation

The Alice Ghostley Materials (MC 1846), Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Biographical Note

Alice Margaret Ghostley was born August 14, 1923, to Harry and Edna Rooney Ghostley in Eve, Missouri. The Ghostley’s moved to Siloam Springs, Benton County, Arkansas until the death of her father in 1933. The family then moved to Henryetta, Oklahoma where she finished high school. With the encouragement of a high school teacher, Ghostley became interested in acting. After graduating high school in 1941, she was accepted to the University of Oklahoma for drama. Ghostley eventually left college and moved to New York City in the mid 1940s with her sister Gladys to pursue a career in acting. After moving to New York City, Alice and Gladys started the act of The Ghostley Sisters. The act was short lived, though, and Alice soon moved to Broadway. Ghostley met fellow actor Felice Orlandi at the beginning of her career, and the two were married in 1953 in Connecticut. Orlandi died from lung cancer May 21, 2003, in Burbank, California.

Ghostley received recognition for her debut on Broadway in New Faces in 1952. Ghostley performed in and was nominated for several awards, and received a Tony award for her role in The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window in 1965. Ghostley moved to television and had a recurring role as Esmeralda, a quirky witch who had constant trouble with spells and causing chaos on Bewitched, from 1966 to 1972. Ghostley was also known for her role on as ditsy Bernice on Designing Women from 1986 to 1993. Additionally, Ghostley appeared in films such as, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Graduate, and Grease. Ghostley passed away from colon cancer in Los Angeles, California on September 21, 2007. Ghostley's ashes are buried next to her sister Gladys, her husband, and her parents in Oak Hill Cemetery in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

Scope and Content Note

The Alice Ghostley Materials contain correspondence, family materials, photographs, audio visual material, and books.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by topic.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1

Alice Ghostley Biographical Material, 1949-1996 (Image 1)

Box 1 Folder 2

Alice Ghostley Family Materials, 1916-1933

Box 1 Folder 3

Alice Ghostley Correspondence, 1952-1992

Box 1 Folder 4

Alice Ghostley Family Photographs, 1924-1967 (Images 2-23)

Box 1 Folder 5

Alice Ghostley & Friends Photographs, 1970-2009 (Images 24-49)

Box 1 Folder 6

Alice Ghostley Theater Career Annie - Blow Your Horn Photographs, 1962-1982 (Images 50-74)

Box 1 Folder 7

Alice Ghostley Theater Career Bon Soir - Cinderella Photographs, 1957-1984 (Images 75-119)

Box 1 Folder 8

Alice Ghostley Theater Career New Faces - Thurber Carnival Photographs, 1952-1961 (Images 120-149)

Box 1 Folder 9

Alice Ghostley Television Career Bewitched - Temperature Rising Photographs, 1968-1993 (Images 150-164)

Box 1 Folder 10

Alice Ghostley Unidentified Career Photographs (Images 165-167)

Box 1 Folder 11

Alice Ghostley Career Materials Annie - Thurber Carnival, 1951-1993

Box 1 Folder 12

Alice Ghostley Audio CDs, 1948-1954 (4)

Box 1 Folder 13

Alice Ghostley Audio CDs, 1955-1960 (4)

Box 1 Folder 14

Alice Ghostley Audio CDs, 1989-2009 (4)

Box 1 Folder 15

Alice Ghostley DVDs, 1952-1961 (2)

Box 1 Folder 16

Alice Ghostley Book Mentions, 1992-2007


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