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Colleen Dewhurst Collection

Identifier: LU-MS-003
This collection consists of materials documenting the professional life of actress Colleen Dewhurst. Dewhurst attended Milwaukee-Downer College as a member of the class of 1946. The collection contains primarily newspaper articles and photographs, as well as playbills, letters, a poster, and a television script.


  • 1942-2001


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Lawrence University does not hold the copyright for all materials in this collection. Uses beyond those allowed for fair use under U. S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) require the researcher to secure permission from the copyright holder.


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Biographical or Historical Information

Born June 3, 1924, Colleen Dewhurst attended Milwaukee-Downer College as a member of the class of 1946. Lawrence University awarded her the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts in 1972. She served as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1984 to 1989, and she gave a Convocation address in May of 1985. Colleen had a long and illustrious career as an actress both on the stage and on screen. She was a working actress for the better part of forty years. During that time, Colleen won two Obies, two Tony awards and four Emmys—the last one was awarded posthumously.  She is best known for the wide variety of parts she played, including plays such as All the Way Home (1960) which won her her first Tony, and TV shows such as Murphy Brown, in which her portrayal of Murphy’s mother won her her fourth Emmy. She was also a theatre activist, serving as president of the Actor’s Equity Association from 1985 until her death in 1991.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material, then chronologically at the file level.

Method of Acquisition

Materials were donated to the Lawrence Archives prior to July 2005. The source, date, and method of acquisition are unknown.

Processing Information

Processed by Rebecca Hayes, 2010.


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Repository Details

Part of the Lawrence University Archives Repository

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