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LGBTQ Lesbian Archive (1901-2004)


As the photograph of Katharine Hepburn above signifies, this is a collection of lesbian and bisexual women in film, theater and music. It spans a full century, starting with Maud Adams in 1901 and working its way up through a Chantal Akerman film of 2004.

This archive has three components:

PART ONE deals with 67 lesbian and bisexual women in film, theater and music. It contains actresses and singers, but also includes LBTQ women whose books were adapted to film. We have, in most cases, provided biographical information about these women’s lives. In a few cases, where the historical record is unclear, we have listed a few women as subjects for future historical research.

It is necessary to understand that, in most cases, lesbian and bisexual women faced huge societal taboos until late in the 20th century. Arranged, so-called “lavender marriages” with gay men provided a safe façade that allowed them to continue their careers without fear of a disclosure that could spell ruin for their life’s work. There were, however, some actresses who disdained social convention—such as Tallulah Bankhead, Patsy Kelly and Alla Nazimova—but most of the women archived here found it mandatory to keep their private lives completely masked from the prying eyes of the public.

Here is a partial list of those stars, singers and writers who, in addition to the lives they created on the silver screen were abliged to do the same at home.

  • Judith Anderson
  • Maud Adams (1982-1953) 
  • Judith Anderson (1898-1992)
  • Eve Arden (1908-1990)
  • Jean Arthur (1900-1991)
  • Dorothy Arzner (1897-1979)
  • Tallulah Bankhead (1902-1968)
  • Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923)
  • Billie Burke (1884-1970)
  • Claudette Colbert (1903-1996)
  • Katharine Cornell (1893-1974)
  • Joan Crawford (Ca. 1904-1908–1977)
  • Dolores Del Río (1904-1983)
  • Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992)
  • Jodie Foster (B. 1962)
  • Greta Garbo (1905-1990)
  • Janet Gaynor (1906-1984)
  • Lesley Gore (1946-2015)
  • Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003)
  • Judy Holliday (1921-1965)
  • Janis Joplin (1943-1970)
  • Veronica Lake (1922-1973)
  • Harper Lee (1926-2016)
  • Mary Martin (1913-1990)
  • Hattie Mcdaniel (1893-1952)
  • Barbara Stanwyck (1907-1990)

PART TWO is about representation of lesbian and bisexual women in film and theater. This consists of films and plays portraying LBTQ women but, as far as we know, written by and featuring non-LBTQ women and men.

PART THREE is a brief final section of photos of actresses in nonbinary clothing from the early part of the 20th century.

Except as noted, photos are approximately 10 x 8″, scripts and press kits are quarto, pressbooks are folio. Condition varies in a collection of this size but is overall very good or better.

This archive consists of:
1,560 photos
26 film and television scripts
14 pressbooks programs  
20 poster

9 flyers

This makes for a total of 1,629 pieces in the archive, which is being offered for

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Catalog 53 Features

> A number of scarce movie scripts, among them THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD (1964), THE WILD BUNCh (1968), THELMA AND LOUISE (1990), and THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1992).

> An entire section devoted to the career of preeminent queer filmmaker Kenneth Anger, including a script for his unrealized film THE GNOSTIC MASS (2002).

> A substantial group of vintage photos of musicians, including Bob Dylan, Count Basie (a wonderful early portrait, inscribed and dated 1942), Ornette Coleman, Jimi Hendrix, Sun Ra, Freddie Mercury, Lou Reed, and Thelonious Monk

> A section containing portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (2962), and Anna May Wong.

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Movie Merchandising – He’s A Doll!

Motion picture studios left no stone unturned in their quest to market their movies. Therefore, movie merchandising, which reached its apex with films like STAR WARS, started with the dawn of film. Just like female stars, male stars were presented in doll form during the height of their popularity. Over the years, such stars as George Arliss, John Bunny, Eddie Cantor, W. C. Fields, Charles Lindberg, Lupino Lane, Rudolph Valentino, Charlie Chaplin, Jackie Coogan, Clark Gable, Sean Connery, Rex Harrison as Dr. Doolittle and Elvis Presley, all became dolls.  

While the male doll is a neglected aspect of movie memorabilia, many celebrated figures were presented for fans of all ages during these last 100+ years. Some were eccentric or flamboyant characters but they came into being because they touched the heart, were known for their comedy, their adventuresome spirit, their music or charisma, making them a desired commodity.  They are an important element in the history and marketing of American motion pictures and why WalterFilm has chosen to feature them in our 2023 Holiday Blog.

Hollywood Movie Memorabilia, Motion Picture Marketing

The Essence of was never meant to be a large website, it was intended to be an exclusive boutique featuring some of the greatest objects Walter Reuben could find. A website that would appeal to him as a collector of “movie memorabilia” – reflecting his own personal tastes and interests. 

He deliberately chose to go after only the best original vintage film collectibles: posters, lobby cards, photographs, even costume designs. Today, that boutique has grown to include movie scripts, rare books, assorted memorabilia, African Americana, and LGBTQ related material.  

The following videos explore the essence of what has come together to create – now one of the foremost dealers in providing museums, universities, libraries, and private collectors around the world, with an ever-changing collection of exceptional original vintage material.

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Introduction To WalterFilm

Collecting The Silent Era

Collecting Lobby Cards

Collecting Movie Photographs

Collecting Movie Posters

Collecting Saul Bass Posters

Collecting Literature To Film

Collecting Oscar Posters

Collecting Film Noir

African Americana In 1930 + 1940 Films

We Purchase Film & TV Scripts, Story Boards, Photographs, Posters & Memorabilia

FEATURING: Walter Reuben, Woolsey Ackerman, Ira Resnick, author of STARSTRUCK, Kevin Johnson – Royal Books, Roy Simperman – Collector

African-American Memorabilia, Hollywood Movie Memorabilia, Original Vintage Film Posters, Original Vintage Lobby Cards, Original Vintage Movie Posters

Walter Film Catalog 52/2023

Catalog 52 presented a collection of material represented by these six categories: FEATURED SELECTIONS, AFRICAN AMERICANA, LGBTQ, FILM NOIR, DIRECTORS and PHOTOGRAPHY. Here are five samples:

Jim Sharman and Richard O’Brien’s July 18, 1974 film script for the THE ROCK HORROR PICTURE SHOW,

Robert Mapplethorpe 1974 portrait of Phillip Glass

The revised final draft screenplay for THE EXORCIST, 1972

Two vintage photos from Fritz Lang’s METROPOLIS, 1927

The original screenplay for Orson Welles’ unfinished film THE DEEP, ca 1967


Celebrity Photographs, Movie Star Photos For Sale, Original Vintage Film Posters, Original Vintage Movie Posters, Vintage Original Film Scripts, Vintage Original Movie Scripts