Archives of American Art

Photographs and a catalog of Lenard Kester

Collection ID:
Turney, Catherine
[ca. 1958]
Physical Description:
3 Items

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of two black and white photographs of artist, Lenard Kester, actor and director Gilmor Brown (founder of the Pasadena Playhouse), and gallery owner, Joan Ankrum, taken during a party at the home of actor Paul Langton in the late 1950s. Also included is a 1958 catalog of Kester's show at the Pasadena Art Museum (now the Norton Simon Museum of Art in Pasadena).

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Author and screenwriter, Catherine Turney (1906-1998), whose credits include co-authorship of the screenplay for James Cains's novel, Mildred Pierce and author of Byron's Daughter: A Biography of Elizabeth Medora Leigh, was for many years a companion of painter Lenard Kester. Turney was among the first women screenwriters to break into the Hollywood studio system. She was also associated with the California scene painters who had gravitated to the Chouinard Art Insititue in the late 1920s and 1930s. An active researcher, writer, and reader at the Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif. Turney died September 9, 1998 in Sierra Madre, Calif.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1996 by Catherine Turney.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
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Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Kester, Lenard, 1917- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ankrum, Joan Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Brown, Gilmor, 1886 or 7-1960 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Langton, Paul, 1913- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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