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Lisa Mitchell collection on Stan Laurel

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9110

Scope and Contents

Includes letters, photographs, drawings, and a telegram related to Stan Laurel in his later years living in Hollywood. Communications are often between Laurel and Lisa Mitchell during their friendship. Drawings were created by Lisa Mitchell of Stan Laurel and his associate, Oliver Hardy. Dated 1953-1962.


  • 1953-1962


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Biographical History

Stan Laurel (1890-1965) was a comedian known for his work with Oliver Hardy.

Stan Laurel was born Arthur Stanley Jefferson on June 16, 1890 in Cumbria, England. He started acting at the age of 16, and became Charlie Chaplin's understudy in 1907. He moved to the United States in 1917, and changed his name to Stan Laurel. He first worked with Oliver Hardy in 1925, and they would continue to work on hundreds of films together. Stan Laurel died February 23, 1965 in Santa Monica, California.

Biographical History

Lisa Mitchell (1940-) is an actress and writer in California.

Lisa Mitchell was born in 1940 and began her career as an actress at age fifteen when she played a daughter of Jethro in The Ten Commandments. She acted in films and television over the next sixteen years while continuing her education. After graduating with honors from Immaculate Heart College, Mitchell started her professional writing career. Mitchell has written hundreds of book reviews for the Los Angeles Times column. Her articles range from celebrity interviews, social commentaries and literary essays, short stories, and poetry. She has written two award-winning movies: Divine Mercy, No Escape and Merlene of the Movies. Mitchell has written and produced hundreds of half-hour programs for the television series, Heart of the Nation. Mitchell has assisted in fiction classes at Immaculate Heart College and lectured in Hollywood. She has won prizes at three international film festivals.


1 box (0.5 linear ft)

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Custodial History

In the 1950s, Lisa Mitchell became friends with Stan Laurel and they exchanged letters and telegrams. Lisa donated them to Special Collections in 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Lisa Mitchell; August 2017.


Arts and Communications Collection Development Policy.

Processing Information

Processed; Maddi Stanley; September 2017.

Register of Lisa Mitchell collection on Stan Laurel
Maddi Stanley
2017 September 1
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Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States