There is a group of letters, cards and telegrams from Montgomery Clift (1952-1955) with clippings, photos, and notes by Mc Dowall; as well as numerous Christmas cards (1944-1990s) and pieces of fan mail sent to Mc Dowall.
The professional letters date from 1952 to the mid-1990s.
He received four Academy Award nominations during his career.
Clift was born in Omaha, Nebraska, a son of William Brooks Clift, a vice-president of Omaha National Bank, and his wife, the former Ethel Fogg.
Newman came from a modest background in Ohio, via the US navy, to New York in the Fifties.
His first serious love affair, while in the Navy, had been with the actor Robert Stack and while at college he also had a sexual encounter with Brando after visiting him backstage in New York.
I started collecting photographs of Clift by the age of 20.
He was a character whose own convictions ran against those of the establishment and whose will and self-determination wouldn’t bend.There are several letters regarding Mc Dowall’s Double Exposure photo books (including letters from photographed subjects, essay contributors, and publishers); letters regarding the Arthur discoteque co-owned by Mc Dowall in the 1960s; and other subjects.Notable correspondents include Lillian Hellman, Bob Fosse, Hume Cronyn, Shelley Winters, Ralph Bellamy, Mary Martin, William Dozier, Ed Sullivan, Virginia Mc Dowall (sister), Joseph Papp, Hugh Hefner, Donald Pleasance, Bob Hope, George Roy Hill, Johnny Carson Herbert Swope, Harold Prince, Den Gazzara, Richard Zanuck, Gore Vidal, Peter Falk, George Sidney, Otto Preminger, Laurence Olivier, Salka Viertel, Mike Nichols, Joan Crawford, Victor Borge, Kenneth Tynan, Richard Attenborough, Danny Thomas, Tony Randall, James Garner, Carl Reiner, and John Schlesinger.For those of us in the know, Clift remains our secret passion, his relative obscurity a badge of honor amongst his admirers.Less remembered and revered than James Dean and Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift was the original method ideal.