Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson in the original Broadway production of Eugene Ionesco's "Rhinoceros" in 1961.

Harry Ransom Center Acquires Papers of Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson

The documentation of the performers’ careers will shed light on plays and films of the 20th century.

AUSTIN: The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas—Austin has acquired the papers of the late actors Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson, who were husband and wife. Included in the 40 boxes of papers are annotated scripts, screenplays, playbills, awards, clippings, photographs, and home movies documenting the performers’ careers onstage and onscreen.

“The collection will prove to be a rich and rewarding one for students and scholars as it also highlights one of the great strengths of the Ransom Center’s collections, the connections between artists—from Tennessee Williams to Arthur Miller to Norman Mailer to Magnum Photos,” said Ransom Center curator of film Steve Wilson in a statement. “We are proud to become the custodians of Wallach and Jackson’s remarkable legacy.”

The couple, who were married for 66 years, met while performing in a production of Tennessee Williams’s This Property is Condemned in 1946. They were early members of the Actor’s Studio  in New York City. Jackson was nominated for a Tony Award in 1956 for her performance in Middle of the Night, and received Obie Awards for her performances in both The Tiger and The Typists. Wallach was the recipient of an honorary Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement.

In her memoir, Jackson states, “Neither of us could sing; both of us loved to act; we were both ambitious and idealistic; and we endowed each other with the most extraordinary virtues.”

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