Marshalltown native will also be remembered during Saturday's "Hollywood Backstories" event at the State Historical Museum
Sixty years ago today Marshalltown teenager Jean Seberg won a worldwide talent search fro the titled role in the movie Saint Joan and became an overnight star. Today, Gov. Terry E. Branstad proclaimed Jean Seberg Day in Iowa to honor the late Iowan's remarkable life and career.
While Seberg's role in Saint Joan (1957) made her a star, her performance in French director Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless (1960) launched her to fame as an international style icon. With contemporaries such as Audrey Hepburn and Mia Farrow, Seberg popularized the image of the New Wave ingenue (characterized by a pixie haircut, French striped jersey shirt and black capri pants). Seberg starred in 34 feature films in Hollywood and Europe, including Lilith, Paint Your Wagon opposite Clint Eastwood, and Airport.
Iowans can learn more about Seberg's life (1938-1979) as an actress, activist and fashion icon during a free screening of the documentary Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg as part of "Hollywood Backstories: Remembering Jean Seberg" at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at the State Historical Museum of Iowa, 600 E. Locust St. in Des Moines.
The documentary will be followed by a Q&A with one of its creators, the Emmy-nominated filmmaker Garry McGee; Seberg's sister, Mary Ann Shuey; and the curator of the Jean Seberg Collection at the Orpheum Theater Center in Marshalltown, Nancy Adams. Afterward, visitors can join State Curator Leo Landis on a tour of the museum's "Hollywood in the Heartland" exhibit about Iowans and the silver screen.
WHAT: Hollywood Backstories: Remembering Jean Seberg
WHERE: State Historical Museum, 600 E. Locust St., Des Moines
WHEN: Saturday, October 22
- 1 p.m. screening of Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg
- 2:30 p.m. Q&S led by Liz Gilman, executive producer of Produce Iowa
- 3:00 p.m. Hollywood in the Heartland exhibit tour
SUGGESTED ATTIRE: Something French--wear a beret, a striped French sailor's shirt or anything with a certain 'je ne sais quoi' and be discovered just as Jean was 60 years ago.
Hollywood Backstories is presented by Produce Iowa, the state office of media production, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Visit www.iowaculture.gov or call 515-281-5111 for more information.
The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and its three divisions - the Iowa Arts Council, State Historical Society of Iowa, and Produce Iowa, the state office of media production - empower Iowa to build and sustain culturally vibrant communities by connecting Iowans to the people, places and points of pride that define our state.
The Jean Seberg Festival of the Arts is scheduled for November 4-5 at the Orpheum Theater Center in Marhsalltown. This year's event will feature an ISU student fashion show showcasing fashions inspired by the star. For more information, visit Marshalltown Community College's website HERE.
Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg is an award-winning documentary produced by Emmy-nominated filmmakers Garry McGee of McMarr, Ltd., Kelly Rundle and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films. The movie was funded in part with grants from the Iowa Arts Council, Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.