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Marilyn Beck papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7507

Scope and Contents

Collection is mainly comprised of interview notebooks. Also included are articles, and a book written by Marilyn Beck entitled Marilyn Beck's Hollywood. The collection dates approximately 1972.


  • approximately 1972


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 publish material from Marilyn Beck papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Marilyn Beck (1928- ) is a journalist and actress.

Hanna Marilyn Mohr Beck was born on December 17, 1928, in Chicago, Illinois. She moved to Los Angeles as a young child and studied journalism at the University of Southern California. She married Roger Beck (now divorced), and together they had 2 children. She later married Arthur Levine in 1980.

Beck acted in or played herself in 10 movies and TV shows, including The Man with Bogart's Face and an episode of Here's Lucy.

Beck began working as a newspaper and magazine writer in the early 1960's, and began a syndicated column in 1967. In 1970, she was named Sheliah Graham's successor for the North American Newspaper Alliance. She became affiliated with Tribune Media Services in 1980, then moved to Creators Syndicate in 1990. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, she maintained a combined print readership upwards of 25 million; she maintained a large readership into the 2000s while transitioning to the internet. She established an early web presence in the mid 1980's via Prodigy and CompuServe, and later E! Online and AOL. In 1990, she partnered with a newspaper and magazine writer and former protege, Stacy Jenel Smith, to write a column Beck/Smith Hollywood Exclusive, now featured in hundreds of outlets across the United States and around the world. Beck/Smith Hollywood Exclusive continues through Creators Syndicate.

Beck has authored several books about Hollywood, the film industry, and its people. She has won honors from the Los Angeles City Council, the Southern California Motion Picture Council, and the IGG Publicists Guild of America. She is listed in Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who of American Women, and Who's Who in Entertainment.

Beck lives in Oceanside, California.


36 cartons (36 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Marilyn Beck in 1976.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Marilyn Beck; 1976.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Garrett Schroath; 2011.

Register of Marilyn Beck papers
Garrett Schroath
2011 April 12
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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