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Miriam Hopkins biography update

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Feb 4th, 2013
2013
Feb 4

MIRIAM HOPKINS

Miriam Hopkins biography–an update

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By Allan R. Ellenberger

 

I thought it was time to give an update on my Miriam Hopkins biography. It’s been several years of research, talking to people who knew her, questioning her family, film historians, going to libraries and surfing the internet. There are probably about three or four more chapters remaining, but then there are the rewrites. There are still four actors that I would like to interview. Does anyone out there know how to contact them?

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DICK VAN PATTEN: In 1943, Miriam replaced Tallulah Bankhead in the Broadway version of The Skin of Our Teeth. I assume that Van Patten, who played a telegraph boy, was still with the show when Miriam joined, though I couldn’t find confirming evidence.

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JOYCE VAN PATTEN: The following year, Miriam appeared in the Broadway play, The Perfect Marriage with Victor Jory. Joyce Van Patten, the sister of Dick, played her daughter.

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SHIRLEY MACLAINE: In The Children’s Hour, Miriam played MacLaine’s aunt. Miriam originally played MacLaine’s role in the original version, These Three. I contacted MacLaine last year and asked for an interview but she refused. She said she was too busy which surprised me. I thought she would be one of the easiest to talk to.

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ROBERT REDFORD: Miriam played Redford’s mother in The Chase. I was told that Redford said that Miriam should have received an Oscar nomination. I’m not sure if that is true but I’d love to find out.

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SALLY FIELD: In her last role, Miriam played a Mother Superior on The Flying Nun, which starred the current Oscar nominee.

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If you know any of the above actors and could put in a good word for me, or if you have contact information where I could write or email them, I would appreciate it.

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My email contact is aellenber@aol.com . More to come…soon. Thank you.

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One of the last pictures taken of Miriam Hopkins (© Allan R. Ellenberger)


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6 Responses

  1. Steffen Says:

    Cheers for the update, Allan! Published by 2015? Too early to say?
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    POSSIBLY I HOPE MAYBE EARLIER. THANKS.

  2. alvis Says:

    thanks so much for the update, allan! can’t wait to read the book. the picture is beautiful – she doesn’t look ill at all, quite healthy actually. what’s the backstory? was it taken at the temple drake screening in summer ’72?
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    NOT SURE EXACTLY. I HAVE PHOTOS TAKEN AT THE MOMA SCREENING AND THE DRESS IS SIMILAR.

  3. Colleen Says:

    Allan: Glad to hear things are going apace. So happy you are writing such a worthwhile book. I can’t wait to read it.

    Thank you for sharing some of your fascinating research on the website. Love the theatre stuff…LOVE the pictures. This latest one really makes me smile!
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    THANKS :-)

  4. w.k. mccauley Says:

    That’s great to hear, Allan. I look forward to it, as I do all your books!
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    WOW A VOICE FROM THE PAST. HOW ARE YOU DOING?

  5. Remona Says:

    Great blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring
    writers? I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress
    or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m totally overwhelmed .. Any tips? Kudos!

  6. Donna Says:

    Allan, greast photo of Hopkins, she looks really happy. Glad to hear you are chugging along, sadly I can offer no help! Now if you could get me in touch with June Lockart who worked on TV with Dorothy Gish…. ;-)

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