History on Third Thursday: “Going Hollywood: Midwesterners in Movieland”
A secret love child. FBI surveillance. Tragic deaths. Epic rivalries. Super stardom. Heartland roots. The story behind the stories…
Local author and Times-Republican features writer Sara Jordan-Heintz will give an informative and intriguing talk about her new book “Going Hollywood: Midwesterners in Movieland” which profiles the lives and careers of 12 movie legends, all from America’s Heartland.
“Going Hollywood: Midwesterners in Movieland” is the first book of its kind to chronicle the story behind the story of these 12 celebrities: Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy, Anne Baxter, Marshalltown’s own Jean Seberg, Jane Russell, Dorothy Dandridge, Rock Hudson, Clarinda, Iowa native Marilyn Maxwell, Jane Wyman and famed gossip columnist Louella Parsons.
Using rare archival sources and first-hand accounts, the book provides an inside look at how being from the Midwest influenced their lives, how they emerged on the Hollywood scene, and what their legacies look like today, years after their deaths.
Sara Jordan-Heintz is a writer, editor and 20th century historian. She has experience in journalism, including writing for newspapers, magazines, journals and book editing, beginning in her early teens. She is the associate editor of Midwest Today magazine and her celebrity articles written for that publication formed the basis of this book.
The author is a recipient of the Genevieve Mauck Stoufer Outstanding Young Iowa Journalists Award from the Iowa Newspaper Association, and has received honors from the Associated Press. Her debut work of fiction, “A Day Saved is a Day Earned,” a novella set in 1961, is available as an eBook. It was also published in Rod Serling Books’ inaugural anthology “Submitted For Your Approval” in 2015.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies and history from the University of Iowa.
Books will be available to purchase after the event.