Biography and History

Reginald Lawrence started as one of Broadway's thesis playwrights in the 1930s with Men Must Fight and If This Be Treason. His last appearance on the billboards was as co-author of the book of Cole Porter's musical Out of This World. Between these periods he was represented in New York by Feathers in a Gale, and in London by Hervey House, written with Jane Cowl, staged by Tyrone Guthrie and starring Gertrude Lawrence (no relation). During his career he adapted or collaborated on plays with Laurette Taylor, John Golden, Constance Bennett, Richard Aldrich, Robert Joseph, and Saint Subber, among others. He was a “play doctor” for many years in New York (on What a Life!, A Thousand Summers, Camille, etc.) for various producers. In addition to several years spent as professor of drama at Fordham, Colorado College, and the University of Southern California, Mr. Lawrence was represented on most of the live dramatic television shows before they went west, including Suspense, on which Legend of Lizzie was first presented in 1953.

Source: From the finding aid for TC038

  • Reginald Lawrence Papers. 1939-1967 (inclusive).

    Call Number: TC038

    The Reginald Lawrence Papers consists primarily of typescripts of plays Lawrence (Princeton Class of 1921) wrote for theater, film, and television, as well as short stories, poetry, outlines and notes for various projects, some letters, photographs, and newspaper clippings.