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Maupin, Armistead

Interviewee: Armistead Maupinbig joy armistead maupin
Interviewer: Stephen Silha
Date of Interview: July 5, 2009
Extent: 15 minutes, 5 seconds

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Biography:
Born in Washington D.C in 1944, Armistead Maupin grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina. After working as a reporter in South Carolina, he moved to California, where he began working for the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press (1971). In 1976 he began publishing his Tales of the City stories in the San Francisco Chronicle. Maupin went on to publish nine novels, including the Tales of the City series, Maybe the Moon, The Night Listener and Michael Tolliver Lives.
 

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Miller, Norma

Interviewee: Norma Miller
Interviewer: Stephen Silha
Date of Interview: July 5, 2009
Extent: 15 minutes, 5 seconds

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Biography:

Norma Miller (born 1925 in Illinois) acted and directed at the Interplayers/Playhouse from 1950 to 1965. Before that, she worked part time in insurance companies, bars, farms, restaurants, even selling popcorn on the streets. She traveled and hitchhiked extensively in the U.S. and Europe, and even got kicked out of Spain for insulting the king. A lifelong student, she specialized in English literature, and for one year headed the drama department at the University of Honduras. She taught at International Institute and Lighthouse for the Blind, where she taught blind and visually impaired actors who produced and toured. Norma organized the reunion of Interplayers reading Broughton's play "The Playground" for the Big Joy film; it appears in the DVD extras.

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