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Contact Infomation:

Special Collections

MSU  Libraries

366 W. Circle Drive

East Lansing, MI 48824



URL: http://specialcollections.lib.msu.edu

Date Received:


Date Processed:


Acquisitions Information:

A donation from Clifford Haka, Director of the MSU Libraries.

Preferred Citation:

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Box number, Folder number and/or title, Nina Wayne Collection, MSS 50, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Copyright Notice:

Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this archive, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Usage Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on the access of this collection.

Photoduplication Restrictions:

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Collection Summary:

The contents of this collection contain photographs and photocopies of photographs of Nina Wayne with various family members and friends. Handwriting appears to be Nina Wayne’s.

Historical Background:

Nina Rae Wayne was born September 18, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois. She is a dancer, ice skater, and an American actress. She and John Drew Barrymore had a daughter named Brahma (Jessica) Barrymore. She later married David Wheeler but later divorced him. They had two children. David Wheeler died in 2001.

Nina Wayne is the younger sister of actress Carol Wayne. Both sisters headed to Las Vegas where Nina was supposedly voted most beautiful showgirl in Las Vegas.

She started working in television in 1965. She first appeared 12 episodes of the series Camp Runamuck and in an episode of Bewitched. The first movie in her career that she appeared in was in Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966) with James Coburn and an uncredited Harrison Ford in his film debut. Wayne's big movie break came when she starred opposite Jack Lemmon and Peter Falk in the romantic comedy Luv (1967). She followed this up with an appearance in The Comic (1969) with Dick Van Dyke and Mickey Rooney.

Her last appearance as an actress was in on the 1972 TV crime drama The Night Strangler.

Processing Note:

Processed by Leslie M. Behm 26 July, 2011, updated 29 September 2011.


Folder Description
1 Photopcopy of article on Tony Bennett celebrating his birthday at Frank Sinatra’s lodge on Lake Tahoe. Back has a picture of Nina with a note Sahara 20.
2 Note to Aunt Cliffern with photocopy of picture of her first granddaughter.
3 Photocopy of picture with Chief of Police of Monterey, David, her current husband, and Nina with daughter Jessica Barrymore. There are other people in the picture – Bob Dylan, Liza Law, Tom Law, John Philip Law.
4 Photocopy of article from unknown paper titled Summer of Gags Galore. Short note on Nina’s trip to be on the Johnny Carson show followed by flying to Hollywood to be screen tested.
5 Photocopy of photograph of women in formal gowns and one man in a tuxedo. Nina Wayne and Miss Oklahoma (Sandy) are identified.
6 Photocopy of John D. Barrymore and David Wheeler at the “mansion” Nina and John Drew were living in at the time.
7 Photocopy of photograph of Nina Wayne and John Drew Barrymore. Back has photocopy of David and Jessica.
8 Picture of Nina Wayne in a dance costume with a note on the back that the picture makes her look 30 yrs old.
9 Photograph of Nina in a dance costume. Back side has part of photo with women in formal gowns listed as item #5 with a note about Harry Cohn.
10 Color photograph of either Nina Wayne or her sister Carol and two other unidentified people.
11 Happy Birthday card to Cousin Clifford with modeling proof negatives and a photograph of Carol [Wayne] and Steve Lawrence.
12 Photograph of Carol and Nina Wayne in dance costumes. Back has notes that appear to be a list of photos; not included.
13 Photograph of Nina in the formal gown from the photocopy (item #5.) Back is a photograph of Nina in a formal at the Desert Inn at age 16. There is also a note: Andy Williams and Moon River.
14 Photograph of Nina at Desert Inn age 16 or 17. Back is a photograph is Nina Wayne and other people, [one appears to be David]. Nina is in her forty’s and is the blond in the photo.
15 Photograph of Carol and Nina Wayne on the ice at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, School of Dancing sponsoring Ballet Unique of 1949.
16 Photograph of the back of a program from the Gladys Hight. Dance #19 is South Sea Babies – (L.) Nina and Carol Wayne. Back has a photo of Carol Wayne starring in “Here Lies Jeremy Troy.” Photograph of Nina and her son, David, the last time she him at a wake in 2001.
17 Photograph of John D. Barrymore signing OK.

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