"One of the most fascinating moments in Iowa entertainment history took place in 1956 when a young woman from Marshalltown was selected in a nationwide search to play the title role in the movie Saint Joan," wrote Michael Swanger in the current issue of Iowa History Journal featuring a cover story on international movie star, fashion icon and activist Jean Seberg.
"While the legacies of legendary entertainment figures with Iowa roots such as John Wayne, Donna Reed and Johnny Carson are safely ensconced in our collective consciousness, history proves that there is room for Jean Seberg, too."
Garry McGee's biography Jean Seberg--Breathless was used as a source for the story. The new documentary Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg produced by Emmy-nominated filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle (Fourth Wall Films), and Emmy-nominated writer Garry McGee (McMarr, Ltd.) is also mentioned in the article, as is the upcoming 2nd Annual Jean Seberg International Film Festival, which will be held in Marshalltown, Iowa at the Orpheum Theater Center November 8-11, 2012.
The September/October 2012 is available at Iowa History Journal or can be purchased at Casey's General Stores in Iowa.