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Michel Grilikhes papers

Identifier: MSS 9457

Scope and Contents

Personal and professional papers of television and theatrical producer Michel Grilikhes. The collection includes administrative records, photographs, awards, clippings, letters, and audiovisual materials. Audiovisual materials include television and theatrical productions on film and audiotapes of various programs. Photographs inlcude stills of productions such as Disney on Parade and the Polynesian Cultural Center. The materials are dated from 1940 to 1984.


  • 1940-1985


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from the Reference Services at

Biographical Note

Michel M. Grilikhes (1923-2007) was a television and theatrical producer in California.

Michel was born in Bronx, New York, on June 11, 1923, to Anatol and Blanche Grilikhes. He joined the United States Marines at age 19, leading the motion picture unit. He received his bachelor's degree from New York University and later studied at Yale University. He began his career as a television producer for CBS. Michel came to prominence as a talented theatrical producer, working on the Disney on Parade shows beginning in 1969. He married actress Laraine Day in 1961. Michel also developed the permanent production for the Polynesian Cultural Center in Oahu, Hawaii. Michel was an ecclesiastical leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Los Angeles, California. He died on March 9, 2007, at age 83.


1 cartons (1 linear ft.)

30 boxes (15 linear ft.)

2 oversize folders

2 oversize boxes

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Collection is arranged in two series: 1. Michel Grilikhes personal papers, 1940-1982; 2. Michel Grilikhes career papers, 1950-1985.

Custodial History

Donated by Laraine Day in 1985 and 1987 and by Gigi Bell, daughter of Laraine Day, in 2010 and 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Laraine Day; 1985, 1987.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Gigi Bell; 2010, June 2017, August 2017.


Collections documenting the work prominent individuals that work in mass-media, which document or demonstrate the development of mass media in the United States (Media Arts History collection development policy IV-a-i-5, August 2018).

Processing Information

Processed; Deven Hunsaker; 2022.

  • Duplicate photographs and 16 duplicate audiotapes.
Register of Michel Grilikhes papers
In Progress
Deven Hunsaker
2022 July 21
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Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States