BBC Worldwide gets Gardner archive

Library includes 190 interviews with H'wood stars

LONDON — BBC Worldwide has acquired American interviewer Hy Gardner’s TV and audio library, which comprises encounters with many Hollywood legends from the 1950s to the ’80s.

The Hy Gardner Celebrity Archive includes 190 interviews with the likes of Elvis Presley, Montgomery Clift, Groucho Marx, Cary Grant and Maria Callas.

Most of the tapes have not been seen or heard since they were first broadcast. Produced in New York, Gardner’s TV and radio shows aired on WNBC, WPIX and WCIX Miami.

Gardner’s widow and business partner, Marilyn, commented, “The library is full of rare and great footage that most of the industry doesn’t realize still exists. Hy would have been proud and privileged, as I am, to put the library into the hands of the BBC.”

Mark Fricker, BBC Worldwide’s head of library sales, said, “In historical terms the archive is like gold dust.”

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