O’Toole, Peter: Archive of Perennial Oscar Nominee (Lawrence of Arabia) to University of Texas

Henry Ransom Center at University of Texas, Austin has acquired the archive of British theater and film actor Peter O’Toole.

O’Toole began his career as a theater actor in Britain and went on to receive 8 Oscar Award nominations for films including Lawrence of ArabiaMy Favorite Year, and Venus.

His 1962 role as the titular character in Lawrence of Arabia made him a household name. In 2002, O’Toole received an honorary Oscar Award for his lifetime of work.

The archive contains several theater and film scripts, as well as O’Toole’s writings, including drafts and notes from his three memoirs, the last of which remains unfinished and unpublished since his death. Letters between O’Toole and other renowned members of the film and theater industries are also included, with correspondents like Brando, Katharine Hepburn, Michael Caine, Paul Newman, Dustin Hoffman, and Laurence Olivier.

“It is with a respect for the past and an eye to the future that I recognize the importance of making my father’s archive accessible and preserving it for future generations,” said actor and daughter of Peter O’Toole and Sian Phillips, Kate O’Toole. “Thanks to the nature of film, my father’s work has already been immortalized. The Ransom Center now provides a world-class home for the private thoughts, conversations, notes and stories that illuminate such a long and distinguished career.”

The archive contains numerous multimedia records of O’Toole’s life, audio recordings of O’Toole rehearsing lines or reciting poetry, theater and film programs and memorabilia, awards, diaries and notebooks, iconic props and film pieces.

Oher archival collections at The Ransom Center include those of Stella Adler, Robert De Niro, Edith Evans, George Bernard Shaw. The Ransom Center also holds a collection of materials of T.E. Lawrence, the British diplomat upon whose life Lawrence of Arabia is based.

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