Table of Contents
- Descriptive Summary
- Access Information
- Use Information
- Acquisition Information
- Processing Information
- Preferred Form of Citation
- Biographical Note
- Scope and Content Note
- Arrangement of the Papers
- Detailed Description of the Collection
- 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
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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.
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.
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||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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