Arts + Culture

Legendary Author/Screenwriter Sidney Sheldon and UCLA Announce Major Library Acquisition and Student Scholarship Winner


The UCLA Library announced today that it has receivedone of the most coveted literary archives of the 20th century, the papers ofSidney Sheldon. Sheldon donated the collection, which encompasses manuscripts,scripts, research materials and correspondence relating to his more than 200television scripts, 25 major motion pictures, six Broadway plays, 18 novels anda memoir. It will be housed in the Arts Library Special Collections, allowingfuture generations of writers unprecedented insight into one of the mostprolific and popular writers of modern times.

"Weare delighted to receive this unique collection reflecting Sidney's career as a master storyteller,"said University Librarian Gary E. Strong. "Its contents complement the UCLALibrary's holdings in literature and in film and television writing and willprovide a rich resource for researchers in Southern California and around the world."

Also announced was thisyear's winner of the Sidney Sheldon Scholarship Award for Screenwriting. The2006 award has been conferred upon Santa Monicaresident Yule Caise for his script "Snail Trails," acoming-of-age story about an eight-year-old boy and his single mother living ina basement apartment in Oaklandin 1967 and the impact on their lives of the Black Panther Party and theshooting and arrest of its founding leader, Huey P. Newton.


"Sidney Sheldon's career demonstrates that it is thestory and the power of the word that is at the center of great theater, filmand television," said Robert Rosen, dean of the School of Theater,Film and Television. "We are extremely proud of his association with theschool."

Asa screenwriter, Sheldon won an Oscar for "The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer." He also wrote the screenplays for "Easter Parade"and "Annie Get Your Gun," won a Tony for the musical "Redhead," and created thetelevision shows "The Patty Duke Show," "I Dream of Jeannie" and "Hart toHart." Sheldon has sold more than 300 million books.

Beginning with "The Naked Face" in 1968, Sheldonreinvented himself as one of the world's most successful popular novelists,with bestsellers to his credit including "The Other Side of Midnight," "Rageof Angels" and "The Stars Shine Down." His autobiography, "The Other Side ofMe," was published in 2005.

About the collection

The majority of the collection relates to Sheldon's 18novels and includes manuscripts, research, notes, drafts and galleys for booksfrom his first, "The Naked Face" (1969), to "Are You Afraid of the Dark?"(2004). There are also scripts for motion picture and television projects, manybased on his books; short stories and plays; clippings; fan mail and personalcorrespondence; personal photographs; and printed ephemera.

The Arts Library Special Collections houses rare andunique materials in the visual and performing arts, with particular strengthsin film and television, radio, Los Angeles theater and art.Major collecting areas include archival records of leading Southern Californiafilm and television studios; artists' books; motion picture publicity ephemerasuch as photographs and publicity stills, posters, lobby cards and press kits;film, television and radio scripts; personal papers of prominent writers,directors, producers and performers; West Coast theater playbills; and women inentertainment. These primary sources support research and instruction by UCLAstudents and faculty and also are used by scholars and researchers from aroundthe world.

About the scholarship

With the intention of encouraging youngwriters, in 2004 Sheldon established a fund of $50,000 to support the annual$5,000 award program, which alternates each year honoring a screenwriter orplaywright at UCLA.

Currently an M.F.A. screenwriting student at UCLA, Caise grew up in Berkeley, Calif., working as a child actor,studying at the American Conservatory Theatre and starring as Marcus on the PBSseries "Up and Coming." Hegraduated from Harvard University, where hewrote and directed the award-winning film "Shoes."His film "Boys' Night Out" hasplayed festivals worldwide. As a writer, Caise haspenned numerous screenplays, most notably "Free of Eden" for Showtime, directed by Leon Ichaso and starring Sidney Poitier. He also wrote thetheatrical release "Way Past Cool,"directed by Adam Davidson, executive produced by MilosForman and Norman Lear, and based on the celebrated young adult novel by Jess Mowry. Caise was a 2005Screenwriters Showcase winner at UCLA for his script "Snake Dreaming."

Consistently ranked among the leading institutions inthe nation, the School of Theater, Film andTelevision is unique in the world in that it brings together the arts oftheater, film and television in one academic institution. UCLA's reputation asan outstanding training ground for the theater, film and television professionsand for critical scholarship is based on its long tradition of fosteringcreative growth, encouraging experimentation and ensuring artistic freedom.Many of the most respected names in the entertainment and communication arts,and the world of scholarship, are UCLA alumni.



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