Title: Autobiography
Dates of Material:
1953–2005, predominant 1987–2004
91 cm of textual records and other material
Administrative history

The autobiography titled This Terrible Business Has Been Good to Me was published by Key Porter Books in Canada in 2004, and by Thomas Dunne Books in the United States in 2005. Research for a book on Norman Jewison’s life began in 1987, with movie critic Jay Scott interviewing pertinent individuals and compiling notes. In 1997–1998 the project was attempted again with the involvement of writer Jack Batten. The final undertaking begun in 2002 with Anna Porter resulted in the published book.

Scope and content

Series consists of scripts of CBC specials with Norman Jewison annotations, 1953; records relating to Jay Scott’s participation, 1987–1988, including research notes, audio cassettes and transcripts of interviews with Norman Jewison and various persons in the entertainment world, including James Caan, Rod Steiger, Patrick Palmer, Doris Day, William Goldman and Sidney Poitier; records relating to Jack Batten’s involvement, 1997–1998, including research notes, correspondence, questions and notes from Norman Jewison interviews, and drafts of chapters; audio/video cassettes and transcripts of Norman Jewison interviews, 1995–2000; and records relating to Anna Porter’s work and the publication by Key Porter Books, 2002–2005, including correspondence, legal agreements, notes, drafts and editorial copies of chapters, inserts and photographs.

Physical description

Includes 9 photographs: b&w and col., 24 audio cassettes and 3 video cassettes

Access restrictions

No restrictions.

Related groups of records

See also Series 10.

Access points

Provenance access points:
Batten, Jack, 1932–
Scott, Jay
Porter, Anna

Box 50
5011 “The Big Revue” (CBC) scripts with annotations by Norman Jewison1953
5012 Printed research material1996-2001
Material relating to Jay Scott collaboration
5013 Proposal for book1986
5014 Correspondence and legal agreement1986-1989
5015 Notes and correspondence1986-1987
5016 Correspondence1986-1996(Photos P1-7)
5017 Reporter’s notebooks with notes (includes James Caan)[ca. 1987]
Box 51
511 Stenography pads with notes (includes Stirling Silliphant, Clint Eastwood, family, “Moonstruck”)[ca. 1987]
512 Stenography pads with notes (includes Howard Rollins, Larry Auerbach, Charles Fuller, Ted Neeley)[ca. 1987]
513Stenography pad with notes (untitled)


514Stenography pads with notes[ca. 1987]
515"Norman Jewison -- Tape #1"

1 audio cassette.

516"Norman Jewison -- Tape #2"

1 audio cassette.

517"Norman Jewison -- Tape #3"

1 audio cassette.

518"Norman Jewison -- Tape #4"

1 audio cassette.

Box 52
521 Norman Jewison – “City Lights”
522 Norman Jewison – “In Country” Judy Arthur w/ Jay ScottOctober, 1988
523 Jennifer Jewison
524 Meg Tilly / Rod Steiger
525 Sidney Poitier
526 Norman Jewison / Eiko
527 Ted Hook / Olympia Dukakis / Julie Bouasso
528 Anne Bancroft
529 Chris Milhaupt
5210 Patrick Palmer
5211 Pauline Kael / Eleanor WachtelDecember 18, 1987
5212 Sylvester Stallone – Excerpt from a roundtable interview with eight journalistsApril, 1988
Box 53
531 James Caan
532 Burt Reynolds
533 Larry Gelbert / The Bergmans (Alan and Marilyn)
534 Bob Shapiro / Gary Smith
535 Mike Dawn
536 Ted Neeley
Transcripts of interviews, 1987–1988
537 Sidney Poitier
538 The Bergmans (Alan and Marilyn)
539 Gary Smith (Judy Garland show)
5310 David Picker
5311 Marvyn Mirisch
5312 Doris Day
5313 Larry Gilbert
5314 Mike Dawn
5315 Henry Mancini
5316 Meg Tilly
5317 Rob Iscove
5318 Patrick Palmer
5319 Ted Neeley
5320 Rod Steiger
5321 Norman Jewison
5322 William Goldman
5323 James Caan
5324 Pauline Kael
5325 Jennifer Jewison
5326 Sylvester Stallone
5327 Larry Auerbach
5328 Norman Jewison
5329 Fragments from possible chapters (printed out 1993)
5330 Correspondence re Jay Scott material sent to Norman Jewison1995
5331 Lists of tapes and transcripts1995-1996
Box 54
Material relating to Jack Batten collaboration
541 Transcript of interview with Norman Jewison for “The Directors”1995
542 Correspondence1995-1999
543 Video cassette from “Arts and Minds” featuring “In The Heat Of The Night”1997
544 Transcript of interview with Peter Gzowski on “Morningside”1997
549Stenography notebooks with notes[1997?]–[1998?]
5410 Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater1997-1998
5411 Questions and notes from Norman Jewison interviews1997-1998
Files containing questions and notes from Norman Jewison interviews, research notes, and drafts of proposed chapters, 1998
5412 “Forty Pounds of Trouble”
5413 “The Thrill Of It All”
5414 “Send Me No Flowers”
5415 “The Art Of Love”
5416 “The Cincinnati Kid”
Box 55
551 “The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming”
552 “In The Heat Of the Night”
553 “The Thomas Crown Affair”
554 “Gaily Gaily”
555 “Fiddler On The Roof”
556 “Jesus Christ Superstar”


559“… And Justice For All”
5510“A Soldier’s Story”
5511“Agnes Of God”
5513“In Country”
5514“Other People’s Money”
5515“Only You”
5517“The Hurricane”
5518Drafts of chapters 1 – 8[1998?]
5519Drafts of chapters 5 and 6, with correspondenceMarch, 1998
5520Drafts of chapters 1 and 2, with correspondenceSeptember, 1998
Video cassettes
5521Norman Jewison at Academy Awards (Irving Thalberg Award)1999
5522Pam Wallin Talk TV (Norman Jewison/Roger Ebert/Brian D. Johnson)2000
Box 56
Audio cassettes
561 Norman Jewison at York University[2000?]
562 “The Arts Today” (Norman Jewison/Seth Feldman)2000
Material relating to collaboration with Anna Porter for publication by Key Porter Books
563 Correspondence, drafts of chapters2001-2003
564 Correspondence, drafts of chapters, inserts, notes, legal contract2003-2004
565 Correspondence, legal contract2004
566 Correspondence, notes by Norman Jewison2004
568Correspondence, drafts of chapters, inserts2004
569 Drafts of chapters[2002?]
5610 Draft of manuscript[2002?]
5611 Drafts of chapters 1 and 22002
Box 57
571 Editorial copies of chapters 1 – 82003
572 Editorial copies of chapters 1 – 92004
573 Editorial copy of chapter 102004
2008.06, Box 1
Material relating to Jay Scott collaboration
135 Transcript of interview with Patrick Palmer[1987 or 1988]
136 Interview selections and draft of Introduction1991
137 Interview/script/draft selections re “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Agnes of God”1991
Material relating to collaboration with Anna Porter for publication by Key Porter Books
138 Proposed dust jacket with Norman Jewison’s annotations
139 Photographs : col. 2005

P1–2 Norman Jewison at book signing