Orson Welles’ uncompleted autobiography found

University of Michigan archivists finds Orson Welles’s unfinished memoir three decades after his death

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

Archivists at the University of Michigan said that they have discovered notes of an Orson Welles autobiography. 

Famous for directing “Citizen Kane” and “The Magnificent Ambersons,” Welles also left scripts and footage for more than a dozen unfinished films behind.

The autobiography, titled Confessions of a One-Man Band, explains why Welles was unable to complete his film projects. 

The notes also contain information and his personal views on his great friend Ernest Hemingway, wife Rita Hayworth and filmmaker DW Griffith. 

University of Michigan purchased papers from Oja Kodar, a Croatian actress, who was Welles’s companion for 24 years before he died in 1985.

Welles typed the notes then edited them with his handwriting during the early 1970s. All the papers had been kept in Mrs. Kodar’s home in Croatia.

Kathleen Dow, head archivist for the university’s special collections, said it would take perhaps five months to arrange the papers for public use.

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