Nathan, Elinor Hirschfield
Radio Actress, Activist
With a background of acting lessons during childhood in Duluth, Minnesota Elinor
Nathan began in 1929 to gain experience on the stage in New York City. She started
in to work in radio in Chicago and then moved to California soap operas. She was
a member of the cast of the Amos n’ Andy radio show. She discusses the organization
of AFRA [American Federation of Radio Artists]. Elinor Nathan served on the Beverly
Hills School Board and in the early 1970s was appointed to the Board of Trustees
of Pitzer College.
Interviewers: Lucian Marquis, Professor, Pitzer College; Linda Malm, Professor,
Roach, Hal (b.1892)
Memories of a Film Career, 1965
Reminiscences of his career in film production. Recalls Harold Lloyd, Charlie
Chaplain, Laurel and Hardy, “Our Gang,” Zazu Pitts, and W. C. Fields. He discusses
the nature of comedy, especially visual comedy, and movie financing.
Interviewers: John Niven, Associate Professor of History, Claremont Graduate
School; David W. Davies, Librarian, Honnold Library.