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Nancy Clendaniel

Portrait of Nancy Clendaniel, January, 1980, LA, CA. Photo by Betty Bennett. B&W 35mm negative.

Photojournalist Nancy Clendaniel is best known for her work as the house photographer for The Beverly Theatre, in Beverly Hills, CA. For nearly a decade, (1980-89), Nancy photographed legendary musical artists including Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Count Basie, B.B. King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Cyndi Lauper and Tina Turner. During the 1980s, Nancy also worked as photographer for two of the top radio stations in Los Angeles: KRLA and KIIS FM. This led to her working with KIIS-FM’s top jock, Rick Dees, and spending over 8 years as personal photographer for KRLA’s legendary disc jockey, Wolfman Jack. 

Clendaniel is now based in Seattle and, in addition to her work in the music industry, specializes in theatrical, travel, and editorial photography. To view more of her work please visit her website - NancyClendaniel.com.


PROJECT
Betty Nettis Bennett

2005 

I was one of the first recipients of the Peter Palmquist grants funding historical photographic research in 2005. I was honored to be able to use the funding to move forward with promoting the work of my friend and mentor, theatrical photographer extraordinaire: Betty Nettis Bennett. 

Portrait of John Drew Barrymore, 1985, Hollywood, CA. Photo by Betty Bennett.

Initially begun as a pet project between myself and Peter Palmquist, this award allowed me to expand efforts of preserving & promoting the visibility of Betty's work. This was achieved by creating original prints from her photographic archives and incorporating them, along with biographical information, into a website.  Soon after the website was created, I was contacted by a representative from Dickinson College (in Carlisle, Pennsylvania) with a request for images from Betty's archive that they hoped would serve as a special addition to the Dickinson College Arts Award presentation to actor/director/writer - Andre Gregory.

Betty came to know Andre Gregory while working as the house photographer for Philadelphia's renowned "Theatre of the Living Arts" (TLA). Between 1964-67, as one of the first women photographers to break into the field of theatrical photography, Betty captured hundreds of iconic theatrical portraits, production shots, and behind-the-scenes images. In addition, she documented the birth of one of America's top regional theaters. In its heyday, TLA presented ten productions per season and featured troupe members that went on to great success, including: Danny DeVito, Judd Hirsch, Sally Kirkland, Ron Leibman, Estelle Parsons, and Morgan Freeman. 

Portrait of Andre Gregory, 1966. Photo by Betty Bennett.
Squeezing In (Dog on Beach), June 1985, Santa Monica, CA. Photo by Betty Bennett. B/W 35mm negative.

After months of pulling TLA images from Betty's Photographic Archive and personally creating custom black and white prints, her images were shipped to Dickinson College, where they surprised and delighted her old friend, Andre Gregory, during the official presentation on Jan. 24, 2005.

As a portion of the award was used to purchase darkroom supplies and photographic equipment, The Peter Palmquist Award continues to preserve and enhance the Betty Bennett Photo Archives by allowing me to create digital scans and archival prints from her original, black and white, 35mm negatives.