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Document Details


Title: Reminiscences of Phyllis Cerf Wagner
RLIN number: NXCP88-A1
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Columbia University. Oral History Research Office
Collection: Individual Interview List Oral History Project
Description: Childhood, Missouri and Oklahoma; Hollywood, 1930s; writing for movie magazines; move to New York, N.Y., 1939; advertising and daytime serial writing for radio; marriage to Bennett Cerf, 1940; columnist for NEWSDAY, 1947-58; support for Hollywood Ten; development of Beginner Books; Aesthetics Committee, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, 1978: program for improving subway stations, funding, other agencies involved, problems of graffitti and vandalism, concessionaires; sale of Random House; Christopher and Jonathan Cerf; illness and death of Bennett Cerf, 1971; meeting, courtship and marriage to Robert Wagner. Impressions of Truman Capote, John O'Hara, Alicia Patterson, Ayn Rand, Ginger and Lela Rogers, Harry Scherman, Frank Sinatra.
Extent: Transcript: 546 leaves, Tape: 5 reels and 8 cassettes
Restrictions: Access: Open. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce. Contact repository for information.
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1978 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Wagner, Phyllis Cerf, 1916-
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker date of birth: 1916
Speaker occupation: Journalist
Age at speaking: 62
Document date: 1978
Interviewer: Diamonstein, Barbaralee
Locations discussed: New York; New York, NY; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Book industries and trade; Journalism; Journalists; Motion picture industry; New York; New York, NY; North America; United States; Women journalists
Topics discussed - Other terms: Cerf, Bennett Alfred, 1898-1971; New York (NY)--Social life and customs; New York (NY)--Transit systems; Wagner, Phyllis Cerf, 1916-; Wagner, Robert Ferdinand, 1910-
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0019677-15120