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Collection Number: 04952

Collection Title: Elizabeth MacRae Papers, 1958-1989

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Size 5.0 linear feet feet of linear shelf space (approximately About 100 items items)
Abstract Actress Elizabeth MacRae appeared in several motion pictures and on many television shows in the course of her acting career. Her film roles include appearances in Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation, as well as parts in For Love or Money, The Incredible Mr. Limpet, Everything's Ducky, and others. On television, for three seasons, she played Gomer Pyle's girlfriend, Lou Ann Poovie, on Gomer Pyle, USMC, and, for another three seasons, she played Festus's girlfriend April on Gunsmoke. She had guest starring or co-starring roles on more than 50 television series, including Barnaby Jones, Kojak, Mannix, The Fugitive, Dr. Kildare, Andy Griffith, I Dream of Jeannie, 77 Sunset Strip, SurfSide 6, and numerous other shows. MacRae studied acting in New York City with Uta Hagen at the Herbert Berghof Studio and at the Art Student's League. MacRae was born in Columbia, S.C., and raised in Fayetteville, N.C. She was educated at the Holton Arms School in Washington, D.C. The collection includes materials relating to Elizabeth MacRae's acting career. Included are scripts of television programs, films, and plays in which she appeared. In a few cases, related items are filed with the script. There are also two publicity photographs of MacRae; an audiotape of an interview with MacRae in 1967; several videotapes, mostly of episodes of Gomer Pyle, USMC, in which MacRae appeared; and some films, including a copy of Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation. The addition of June 1999 contains scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings and photographs relating to Elizabeth MacRae's career. The addition of April 2002 contains a playbill and newspaper clippings from a production of Picnic that featured MacRae.
Creator MacRae, Elizabeth.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
RESTRICTED: Use of audio or visual materials may require production of listening or viewing copies.
Restrictions to Use
RESTRICTED: No duplication of these materials is permitted.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Elizabeth MacRae Papers #4952, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Elizabeth MacRae of Fayetteville, N.C., in October 1998 (Acc. 98220), June 1999 (Acc. 98391), and April 2002 (Acc. 99226).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Elizabeth MacRae was born in Columbia, S.C., and raised in Fayetteville, N.C., where her father served as a Superior Court judge. Following completion of her studies at Fayetteville High and the Holton Arms School in Washington, D.C., she moved to New York City, where she studied acting with Uta Hagen at the Herbert Berghof Studio and took courses at the Art Student's League.

MacRae appeared in several motion pictures and on many television shows in the course of her acting career. She played guest starring or co-starring roles in more than 50 television series, including Rhoda, Barnaby Jones, Kojak, Mannix, The Fugitive, Dr. Kildare, Andy Griffith, I Dream of Jeannie, 77 Sunset Strip, SurfSide 6, and numerous other shows. She appeared for one year on Days of Our Lives and for three years on General Hospital. For three seasons, she played Gomer's girlfriend, Lou Ann Poovie, on Gomer Pyle, USMC, and, for another three seasons, she played Festus's girlfriend April on Gunsmoke. Her film roles include appearances in Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation, as well as parts in For Love or Money, The Incredible Mr. Limpet, Everything's Ducky, and others.

MacRae currently lives in Glenville, N.C., with her husband, Charles Halsey.

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The collection includes materials relating to Elizabeth MacRae's acting career. Included are scripts of television programs, films, and plays in which she appeared. In a few cases, related items are filed with the script. There are also two publicity photographs of MacRae; an audiotape of an interview with MacRae in 1967; several videotapes, mostly of episodes of Gomer Pyle, USMC, in which MacRae appeared; and some films, including a copy of Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation. The addition of June 1999 contains scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings and photographs relating to Elizabeth MacRae's career. The addition of April 2002 contains a playbill and newspaper clippings from a production of Picnic that featured MacRae.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated.

About 90 items.

Arrangement: by title and then by date.

Scripts of television programs, films, and plays in which actress Elizabeth MacRae had a role. In a very few cases, related items are included.

Box 1

The Army Secretary, WAC, 26 September 1958 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 1

The Verdict Is Yours, 31 October 1958 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 1

The Magic Touch, 23 January 1959 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 1

The Gay Apprentice,2 February 1960 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 1

Route 66, 8 August 1960, 10 October 1960, 30 January 1962, 10 December 1963 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 1

The Beach Pad, 13 October 1960 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 1

Harrigan & Son, 24 October 1960 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 1

People vs. Hargraves, 6 February 1961 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 1

Box 2

SurfSide 6, 10 February 1961, 12 September 1961, 26 July 1961 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 2

Maverick, 23 February 1961 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 2

Asphalt Jungle, 3 March 1961 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 2

Everything's Ducky, 7 March 1961 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 2

77 Sunset Strip, 10 August 1961 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 2

Dr. Kildare, 27 February 1962 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 2

Hawaiian Eye, 7 August 1962 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 2

Box 3

Gunsmoke, 12-19 June 1962, 6-13 December 1962, 8-15 October 1963, 8-15 June 1964, 1964 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 3

Three on a Match (retitled For Love or Money), 26 June 1962 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 3

The Untouchables, 29 June 1962 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 3

A Matter of Percentage, 28 September 1962 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 3

Death Valley Days, 4 December 1962 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 3

Sam Benedict, 12 December 1962 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 3

A Thurber Carnival, 23 June-6 July 1963 (programs only) #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 3

Box 4

Burke's Law, 18 October 1963 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 4

Rawhide, 10 January 1964 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 4

The Fugitive, 12 June 1964 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 4

The Virginian, 14 July 1964 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 4

I Dream of Jeannie, 3 August 1965 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 4

Gomer Pyle, USMC, 19 September 1966, 29 November 1966, 8 December 1966, 27 January 1967, 9 February 1967 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 4

Box 5

Gomer Pyle, USMC, 29 June 1967, 11 September 1967, September 1967, 4 October 1967, 28 November 1967, January 1968, 2 February 1968, 3 July 1968, 8 July 1968, 30 September 1968, 7 October 1968, 14 October 1968, 29 October 1968, 20 November 1968 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 5

Box 6

Andy Griffith Show, 26 January 1967 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 6

Torch Song, Summer 1967 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 6

Judd Visitation, 29 October-1 November 1968 (call sheets only) #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 6

The Conversation, 13 November 1972 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 6

Petrocelli, 10 July 1974 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 6

Kojak, 16 October 1974, 21 November 1974 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 6

Barnaby Jones, 9 January 1976 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 6

Days of Our Lives, 1 April 1976, 14 May 1976, and undated #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 6

Rhoda, 21 January 1977 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 6

Box 7

All My Children, 27 February 1980, 26 August 1980, 19 September 1980, 24 September 1980 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 7

Another World, 3 June 1980, 24 February 1989, 2 March 1989, 17 March 1989, 30 March 1989, 6 April 1989 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 7

Guiding Light, 20 September 1983 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 7

Search for Tomorrow, 23 January 1985 #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 7

Litchfield Summer Theatre, 17 June-31 August [no year] (programs only) #04952, Series: "1. Scripts, 1958-1989 and undated." Box 7

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15 items.

Arrangement: by format.

Image Folder PF-4952/1

Two photographs of Elizabeth MacRae. #04952, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1959-1972. " PF-4952/1

Audiodisc D-4952/1

Pressing of Elizabeth MacRae singing. #04952, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1959-1972. " D-4952/1

Film F-4952/1

Magic Touch, London, 1959. #04952, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1959-1972. " F-4952/1

Film F-4952/2-3

F-4952/2

F-4952/3

Anatomy of a Murder. Test. Otto Preminger. 1959. #04952, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1959-1972. " F-4952/2-3

Film F-4952/4

General Hospital. B and white comp print. #04952, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1959-1972. " F-4952/4

Film F-4952/5-8

F-4952/5

F-4952/6

F-4952/7

F-4952/8

The Conversation. [1974?]. 2 reels. #04952, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1959-1972. " F-4952/5-8

Audiotape T-4952/1

Elizabeth MacRae Interview, 1967. #04952, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1959-1972. " T-4952/1

Videotape VT-4952/1

For Love or Money, 1963. #04952, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1959-1972. " VT-4952/1

Videotape VT-4952/2

The Incredible Mr. Limpet, 1964. #04952, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1959-1972. " VT-4952/2

Videotape VT-4952/3

Gomer Pyle: "Lou Ann Poovie Sings Again" (#2), "Corporal Carol" (#4), "Friendly Freddy Strikes Again " (#6), "Changing Partners " (#7) #04952, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1959-1972. " VT-4952/3

Videotape VT-4952/4

Gomer Pyle: "The Better Man " (#5), "Friendly Freddy Strikes Again " (#6), "Changing Partners " (#7), "Luv Finds Gomer Pyle " (#8), "Sargent Iago " (#9) #04952, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1959-1972. " VT-4952/4

Videotape VT-4952/5

Gomer Pyle: " Return of Monroe " (#11), "Tattoe for Gomer " (#12), "Win a Date " (#13), "F. Freddie's Computer " (#14) #04952, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1959-1972. " VT-4952/5

Videotape VT-4952/6

Gomer Pyle. Carolyn's Tape. Episodes of Betsy in Gomer Pyle, USMC. Episodes #1-3, #4, #6, #7, #8, #9, # 12, #13, #14 #04952, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1959-1972. " VT-4952/6

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3 items.

Three scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings, playbills, photographs, and other materials about the life and career of Elizabeth MacRae. The first scrapbook contains materials related to her early career, primarily on the stage; the second contains materials related to her time on Gomer Pyle, USMC, General Hospital, and in the film The Conversation; the third primarily contains photographs from the sets of various films and television shows.

Oversize Box OB-4952/1-2

OB-4952/1

OB-4952/2

Scrapbooks #04952, Subseries: "Addition of June 1999 (Acc. 98391)." OB-4952/1-2

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3 items.

A playbill and two newspaper articles about the Cape Fear Regional Theatre's production of Picnic, in which Elizabeth MacRae appeared.

Box 7

Playbill and clippings #04952, Subseries: "Addition of April 2002 (Acc. 99226)." Box 7

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Processing Information

Processed by: Linda Sellars, 1999

Encoded by: Linda Sellars, January 1999

Updated by Benjamin Bromley in May 2009

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