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Guide to the Edward Farbenblum and Orly Lieberman Collection of Photographs
1924-1993
 PR 378

New-York Historical Society
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Collection processed by Marybeth Kavanagh

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Scope and Contents

This collection, assembled and donated by Edward Farbenblum and Orly Lieberman, contains photographs of and a small amount of ephemera related to New York theatre and Hollywood film productions and personalities. It is organized into two series:

Series I: New York Theatre

Series II: Hollywood Film

Series I: New York Theatre is organized into 4 subseries. The first 3 subseries correlate to the 3 different photography studios that produced the photographs related to New York theatrical productions: Friedman-Abeles Studio, Martha Swope Studio, and Vandamm Studio. The fourth subseries consists of ephemera related to theatrical productions. Each subseries is arranged alphabetically by subject

Most productions depicted in the collection are from Broadway, though some national tours, international troupes such as France's Theatre National Populaire, and off-Broadway programming such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival appear. The collection documents the original runs of iconic musicals My Fair Lady,  A Little Night Music,  A Chorus Line,  Oklahoma!,  1776, and  Cats (the title most substantially represented in the collection), in addition to new plays, revivals, and multiple iterations of productions such as  Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Tennessee Williams's  The Night of the Iguana. Notable subjects include theatre stalwarts such as Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt (in  Quadrille) and Robert De Niro (in  Last Stand, with Diane Ladd, and later  Cuba and His Teddy Bear).

Also present are portraits of Judy Holliday, Helen Hayes, and others, along with a small selection of Swope's ballet and dance photography, including the New York City Ballet and its star ballerina Patricia McBride.

All materials are stamped with photographer's credit and variously include subject name, date, and other information. Some photographs also feature press clippings or publicity captions on the verso.

Series II: Hollywood Film includes publicity and glamour portraits, on-set production shots, and special photography from a variety of studios and photographers such as Clarence Sinclair Bull, George Hurrell, Frank Powolny, and John Egstead. Stars depicted include Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Lana Turner, Clark Gable, Lena Horne, Laurence Olivier, Ava Gardner, Linda Darnell, Ginger Rogers, Lassie the dog, Eve Arden, and Catherine Deneuve.

This series also features an Annie Leibovitz photoshoot with Diane Keaton, Sissy Spacek, and Jessica Lange on the set of Crimes of the Heart (1986), and George Hurrell coverage of the red carpet arrivals at the film premiere of  The Rose Tattoo (December 2, 1955), held at the Hotel Astor in New York City.

This series is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into two series:

Series I: New York Theatre

Series II: Hollywood Film

Series I: New York Theatre is organized into 4 subseries. The first 3 subseries correlate to the 3 different photography studios that produced the photographs related to New York theatrical productions: Friedman-Abeles Studio, Martha Swope Studio, and Vandamm Studio. The fourth subseries consists of ephemera related to theatrical productions. Each subseries is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Series II: Hollywood Film is arranged alphabetically by subject.