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Emmy Award-winning producer donates papers to Iowa Women's Archives

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Emmy Award-winning producer Marian Rees has donated her papers to the Iowa Women's Archives at the University of Iowa Libraries. A native of LeMars, Iowa, and a UI graduate, Rees has completed 22 made-for-television motion pictures.

In addition to her 11 Emmy Awards, Rees has received 36 Emmy nominations, six Christopher Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, a Peabody Award, a Humanities Prize and numerous others. Her major works include "When the Vows Break," starring Patty Duke; "The Gift of Love," starring Andy Griffith; "Is There Life Out There?," featuring Reba McEntire and Keith Carradine; and "Between Friends," starring Elizabeth Taylor and Carol Burnett.

Rees founded her production company, Marian Rees Associates, Inc., in 1981. A 1951 UI sociology graduate, Rees went to Hollywood in 1952 and took a job as receptionist and secretary at NBC. She advanced to production secretary, assistant producer, associate producer and eventually producer of her own films.

Rees' films often reflect American society's involvement with social issues such as civil rights, child abuse, attitudes about aging and substance abuse. The papers include scripts, publicity, contracts, correspondence, reviews, photographs, posters and videotapes of Rees' 21 made-for-television movies.

"These papers will be a rich source of information for scholars, revealing the world of filmmaking and representing the tapestry of 20th-century American society," said Iowa Women's Archives curator Karen Mason.

The Iowa Women's Archives was founded in 1992 to identify, collect, preserve and make available the personal papers and organizational records of Iowa women from all walks of life. The Archives is in the UI's main library and is open to the public. For more information about the collections, contact curator Karen Mason at 319-335-5068.