Actors with a long history in Hollywood, brothers Jeff and Beau Bridges are known for a close, supportive relationship that’s existed throughout their lives, even during the earlier part of their careers when both were actively trying to make names for themselves in the same profession as their father, Lloyd. Here, we take a look at early magazine articles that introduced the pair to the public.

In December 10, 1973, Newsweek featured Beau and Jeff Bridges in an article that captured an early moment in the brothers’ lives when a 23-year-old Jeff was becoming one of Hollywood’s new leading men and a 31-year-old Beau was expecting the birth of his son, Jordan, and began choosing roles that were more character-driven. The article begins stating that only seven years prior, the two brothers “drove a rented, flatbed truck down from their father’s plush Westwood home to the racially mixed Crenshaw district of Los Angeles. They summoned a crowd with a bullhorn and then enacted scenes from Neil Simon’s Come Blow Your Horn.” At this point, Beau and Jeff had not worked together beyond these impromptu stage shows and hoped that one day they would get such an opportunity, with Beau directing Jeff.

These clippings are part of the Margaret Herrick Library’s Core Collection Files, an actively growing collection of clipped newspaper and magazine articles, press releases, press kits, and publicity and advertising materials. Beginning around the time of the library’s opening in 1928, library staff has regularly read through a wide range of newspapers, trade papers, and magazines and collected articles pertaining to film and the film industry. This practice continues to this day and the Core Collection Files remains as an invaluable resource for any film researcher or enthusiast eager to peruse a variety of writings on a particular film, individual, topic, company, awards, or film festival.

On August 4th, 7:30pm at LACMA’s Bing Theater, Beau and Jeff Bridges will be on stage for a special celebration of each other’s work entitled Beau and Jeff: A Tale of Two Bridges.

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