- The Washington Times - Friday, April 21, 2017

As a young man he studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, but in death, perhaps, Peter O’Toole might now be considered an honorary Longhorn with the University of Texas’s recent purchase of the late Irish actor’s personal writings and other effects.

Purchased for $400,000, the collection contains O’Toole’s correspondence with Laurence Olivier, Marlon Brando, Michael Caine, John Gielgud, Katharine Hepburn, Jeremy Irons, Paul Newman, Kevin Spacey and others, as well as diaries, notebooks and theater and film scripts, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

There are also photographs, a few theatrical props and audio recordings of O’Toole rehearsing and reciting poetry in the collection, THR reported Friday.

The writings and artifacts will be preserved and displayed by the university’s Harry Ransom Center, which already houses the archives for British Army officer T.E. Lawrence, whom O’Toole famously portrayed in David Lean’s 1962 classic “Lawrence of Arabia,” THR reported.

In a press statement on its website, the Ransom Center says that it will display O’Toole’s archives once they have been “processed and catalogued.”

According to the facility’s website, its exhibitions are open to the public free of charge every day of the year but Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and its library reading and viewing rooms are open 9-5 every day of the week but Sunday.

 

 

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