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Rose Marie's Black Bow Now in the Smithsonian

Nine legendary actresses donate artifacts from their work on the stage and screen

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The American History Museum, under renovation and due to reopen this fall, now has the typewriter from "Murder She Wrote" and Catwoman's skin-tight suit.

That's the result of a cache of recent donations by nine actresses whose pioneering work on stage and screen peaked from the 1920s to 1970s.

These "leading ladies" from classic film, theater and television were all "foundations of 20th-century American entertainment," says curator Dwight Blocker Bowers.
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