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Beth Brickell collection

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Beth Brickell collection

BC.MSS.07.22

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700
arkinfo@cals.org

May 31, 2016



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Brickell, Beth
Title: Beth Brickell collection
Dates: 1967-1984
Quantity: 3.8 Linear feet
Abstract:The collection contains film and television projects starring, directed, or produced by Beth Brickell.
Identification: BC.MSS.07.22
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged topically.


Scope and Contents

The collection contains film and television projects starring, directed, or produced by Beth Brickell and stored on video, film, and stereo LP album.


Biographical Information

Beth Brickell is an actress, producer, director, and author. She is best known for her role in the late 1960s television series Gentle Ben.

Brickell was born November 13, 1936, in Brinkley (Monroe), Arkansas, and grew up in Pine Bluff and Camden. She graduated from Camden High School in 1954 and attended Arkansas State Teachers College (now the University of Central Arkansas) in Conway for a year before transferring to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where she graduated in 1958 with a degree in history and political science. She later earned a Masters in Fine Arts in Directing and Screen Writing from the American Film Institute (AFI) in 1978.

She moved to New York in the 1960s where she studied acting. From 1967-1969 she co-starred with Dennis Weaver in the television series Gentle Ben where she played the role of wife Ellen Wedloe. In her career, she appeared in twenty-five stage productions and starred in 100 television episodes, movies, and motion pictures. After teaching a film acting class for the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, she enrolled in the American Film Institute in Los Angeles as a Director Fellow.

During the 1980s, Brickell directed two episodes of the Knots Landing television series. She made a successful debut as an independent film maker with A Rainy Day” (1981), the location was based on Pine Bluff, but not filmed in state. It broadcast on PBS in June 1981.

That success was followed by Summer's End(1985) which fulfilled her dream to showcase her home state in film. Based on a 1948 Arkansas small town, it was filmed in the summer of 1984 in Clarendon with select scenes shot in Camden.The film used mostly inexperienced local actors, extras, and film students with the exception of several film stars and a small crew from California. The thirty minute dramatic film premiered in Hollywood in March and in Clarendon, Arkansas on June 15, 1985. It later aired on PBS in January 1986 and won numerous film industry awards at film festivals across the country.

Other projects have included Mr. Christmas(2005) filmed in Eureka Springs; and acquired film rights to Big Doc's Girl another Arkansas based story written by Mary Medearis.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Arkansas
Brickell, Beth
Camden (Ark.)
Clarendon (Ark.)
Movies
Pine Bluff (Ark.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access. Researcher's must provide forty-eight hours notice to use audio-visual media.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only. The researcher must contact the rights holder for permission to reproduce material from this collection.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Beth Brickell collection, MSS.07.22, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Beth Brickell, 2007


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