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Finding Aid for the Billie Jenkins papers, 1969-2006; bulk ca. 1980s-1995
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Description
Billie Beasley Jenkins is a pioneer for professional working women and African Americans in the entertainment industry. She has been involved in many aspects of film and television including acquisitions, business affairs, human resources and casting to executive in charge of production for movies made for television, pilots, series and theatrical films. The collection consists of material related to Jenkins involvement with Women In Film and her public service activities with organizations and institutions such as The American Film Institute Gary Hendler Minority Filmmaker Program, the City of Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission and the Boy Scouts of America Women of Excellence committee, among others.
Background
Billie Beasley Jenkins was born on June 27, 1943 in Topeka, Kansas. In 1948, her family relocated to Los Angeles, California. She attended Louis Pasteur Junior High School, graduated from Dorsey High and attended Santa Monica College. On a dare in 1976, Jenkins applied for and was hired as a receptionist in the personnel department of Columbia Pictures. Within a month, Jenkins went to work for Jackie Cooper at Screen Gems, the television arm of Columbia. Leonard Goldberg replaced Cooper in 1969 and Jenkins stayed on as his assistant. During her time at Screen Gems, Jenkins was involved in a number of hit television shows such as The Monkees, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, The Partridge Family, Bridget Loves Bernie, and Brian's Song.
Extent
14 boxes (6.5 linear ft.)
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.