Kelly, Mary (2 of 10).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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  • Recording date

    2004-09-13, 2004-09-14

  • Recording locations

    The British Library, London

  • Interviewees

    Kelly, Mary, 1941- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    O'Ryan, Lydia, (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 2: Tape 1: Side B: MK describes her 1950s attire and make up; describes her mother Dorothy Kelly [DK]; death of father Robert Kelly [RK]. RK's depression and conversion to Catholicism. MK's relationship with both parents; MK's childhood home and pastimes, responsibility for younger siblings Michael, Robert, Kathleen and household chores. MK's desire to escape responsibility. Visits to Uncle's family outside Washington and to New York to find museums and galleries. MK's girlhood jobs as drive-in car hop, as assembly line worker in factory and door to door saleswoman, theatre cashier. Describes enjoyment of College summer job. Mentions closeness to particular brother still living in Albert Lea, Minnesota; his attendance at Mankato State College and interest in environmental issues.

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