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Fall 2007 Newsletter

Robert De Niro Visits Ransom Center

The De Niros looking at the authors' door

Ransom Center Associate Curator of Film
Steve Wilson shows Robert De Niro and his
wife, Grace Hightower De Niro, the authors'
door during a tour of the Center.


Original and facsimile scripts

The Ransom Center staff created a facsimile of
Robert De Niro's script of The Score for
researchers to use since the original required
special preservation. The original script is
on the left, and the facsimile is on the right.

Actor, writer, director Robert De Niro and his wife, Grace Hightower De Niro, visited the Ransom Center in March. De Niro, who donated his collection to the Ransom Center in 2006, toured the new home of his archive with Ransom Center Associate Curator of Film Steve Wilson and signed the authors' door during his visit. They also met with Manuscripts Accessioner Liz Murray to discuss how his papers are being cataloged and housed and with Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts Darnelle Vanghel to discuss the cataloging and housing of costumes in the collection.

One of the items the De Niros viewed during their tour was a facsimile of De Niro's script of The Score, created by Ransom Center staff for use by scholars and researchers because the original document required special preservation. Polaroid photographs attached to the original script had to be removed from the document and placed in plastic sleeves, and the entire script must be held in cold storage to preserve the Polaroids. The facsimile is an exact replica of the original, with photographs, highlighter markings, and even Post-It notes recreated in their original positions to show researchers how the original script looked.  

View additional photos from De Niro's visit


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