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Mann, May



May Mann (1908-was a Hollywood columnist and feature writer.

May Mann was born September 1, 1908, in Ogden, Utah. She worked as a society columnist for her hometown newspaper, The Ogden Standard-Examiner. She began branching out into writing about Hollywood stars, making contacts as they passed through Ogden’s Union Station. In 1936, May named her daily column "Going Hollywood," which was soon syndicated to many newspapers in the Intermountain West and later across the nation through the General Features Syndicate.

May used the title "Going Hollywood" throughout her life. Between 1936 and 1981 she wrote "Going Hollywood" columns for fourteen different magazines and newspapers. In 1946, a few years after she stopped writing for her hometown paper, she registered the title as her trademark. In 1982, May was still submitting "Going Hollywood" columns to at least two publications. May became one of the five women to have a personal interview with Mae West and the only woman, at that time, to interview her in her famed apartment atop the Beverly Hills Hotel. She also wrote about Clark Gable throughout his life. During World War II, she occasionally wrote morale-boosting articles about stars entertaining enlisted men, war heroes, or love problems that came with the war. May interviewed and wrote about Elvis Presley often during his career and developed a close friendship with him, publishing a biography on him in 1975.

May married Al Leon, a former concert singer from San Francisco, in 1945. They divorced early in 1948. Nearly a year after she divorced Leon, May married ex-boxer Buddy Baer in 1949. After five years, May filed for divorce.

May Mann died April 15, 1995, in Los Angeles, California.

Harold B. Lee Library. Div. of Archives and Manuscripts. Register of the May Mann collection, 1982:p. 1 (May Vasta Randall, later known as May Mann) p. 64 (b. 1908)

LC in RLIN, 4/18/86(hdg.: Mann, May)

Found in 56 Collections and/or Records:

May Mann collection of photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 56
Scope and Contents

Collection includes photographs, slides, and negatives of May Mann's family and life. Many photographs include motion picture actors and actresses associated with Mann.

Dates: 1930-1982

May Mann papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1449

Correspondence, newspaper-column and magazine-article tearsheets and typescripts; book drafts; and other materials relating to her journalism career.

Dates: 1930-1982

May Mann advertising files, 1939-1975

Identifier: MSS 1449 Series 2 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains business and promotional Christmas cards, movie stargraphs, fliers and broadsides, newsletters, advertising memos, press passes, catalogs, and commercials.

Dates: Other: 1939-1975

May Mann business correspondence, 1930-1982

Identifier: MSS 1449 Series 2 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains letters that are connected with Mann's career in any way. There are letters from her publishers, rejection slips, and correspondence from her colleagues. There are also letters from many of the stars she wrote about. These include letters from Carol Burnett, Joan Crawford, Lou Costello, Bette Davis, Jimmy durante, Richard Nixon, Mary Pickford, Nancy Reagan, Ronald Reagan, Barbara Stanwyck, Connie Stevens, Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, and a complete folder of correspondence with the...
Dates: Other: 1930-1982

May Mann business papers, 1930-1982

Identifier: MSS 1449 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence, advertising, and financial records dealing strictly with the promotion and selling of Mann's writing.

Dates: Other: 1930-1982

May Mann calendars, 1974-1981

Identifier: MSS 1449 Series 5 Sub-Series 1 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains Mann's personal calendars, which include her annotations on events and activities.

Dates: Other: 1974-1981

May Mann columns, 1936-1981

Identifier: MSS 1449 Series 3 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Tearsheets and typescripts from Mann's columns entitled "Going Hollywood", "Hollywood Stardust", "Hollywood's Younger Set", "Dear Betty Ann", "Young Hollywood", "Weekend in Hollywood", "And That's Hollywood", "Filmland gossip", "Private Wire", "Talk of TV", "Hollywood Day by Day", "Hollywood Headlines", "Hollywood", "May Mann's Hollywood", "Intimate Hollywood", "Here, There, and Everywhere," and "May Mann"; as published in assorted newspapers such as the Ogden Standard Examiner, Hollywood on...
Dates: Other: 1936-1981

May Mann correspondence, 1941-1982

Identifier: MSS 1449 Series 1 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains general correspondence, as well as those between Mann and Al Leon, Buddy Baer, Donald Maloof, George Dareos, Benito Prezia, and Sheery Spilkoman's grandchildren.

Dates: Other: 1941-1982

May Mann feature articles, 1936-1979

Identifier: MSS 1449 Series 3 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents

Typescripts and photocopies of Mann's pieces on actors, actresses, films, and events.

Dates: Other: 1936-1979

May Mann fiction, undated

Identifier: MSS 1449 Series 3 Sub-Series 5
Scope and Contents

Contains typescripts of early material (subjects or titles unspecified), and drafts of an article "I Was a Discarded Wife".

Dates: Other: undated

Additional filters:

Archival Object 54
Collection 2
Actors -- Biography 52
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) 52
Motion picture actors and actresses -- Biography 52
Material Types 38
American literature -- Latter Day Saint authors 37