Archive for December 6th, 2010

Will Rogers at Hollywood Heritage

Monday, December 6th, 2010

HOLLYWOOD EVENTS

Evening @ the Barn

 

  

Hollywood Heritage Presents

an “Evening @ the Barn”

Tribute to Will Rogers

(with Rogers’ great-granddaughter Jennifer Rogers-Etcheverry in-person)   

 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

at 7:30 PM

at the Hollywood Heritage Museum

 

 

2100 North Highland Avenue (across from the Hollywood Bowl).

General admission is $10 ($5 for Hollywood Heritage members). 

Free parking. Refreshments available

 

William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was one of the best-known celebrities in the 1920s and 1930s. This tribute to the cowboy humorist — who starred in the Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway, wrote a nationally syndicated newspaper column and became Hollywood’s biggest box-office star — will commemorate Rogers’ passing with an evening of film clips and recollections. Rogers perished in an Alaska plane crash 75 years ago.

 

Jennifer Rogers-Etcheverry, Will Rogers’ great-granddaughter, will be on hand to discuss the legacy of her famous relative. Jennifer has been involved in the Rogers family business since 1991 and now serves as the family spokesperson and media contact. She travels throughout the year to promote the legacy of Will Rogers, including riding in the Rose Parade with Sons and Daughters of the Reel West.

 

“The tribute to Will Rogers is a wonderful event to celebrate the life of one of the greatest Americans to ever live”, says Rogers-Etcheverry. “Will’s wisdom and quotes are timeless and we applaud the Hollywood Heritage Museum for helping to keep his memory alive.” Jennifer will be joined by Todd  Vradenburg, Executive Director of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation and Board President of the Will Rogers Ranch Foundation.

 

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has graciously allowed the museum to host the first public screening of several documentaries that were produced expressly for their popular Will Rogers DVD Collection. The first is entitled “Back to the Ranch” and features personal interviews with Rogers’ family members at the re-dedication of the Will Rogers Ranch in Pacific Palisades. The second, “Jane Withers Remembers…” features heartfelt stories from the beloved child star who was befriended by Rogers when they were both making films at Fox Studios.

 

In addition, Hollywood Heritage board member and film historian Stan Taffel will offer rarely-seen Rogers movie clips from his personal film collection.

 

A raffle for gift baskets filled with unusual Will Rogers – related memorabilia will also be held.

 

The Tribute to Will Rogers is being produced by Hollywood Heritage Board member Bryan Cooper and Barn Committee member Dave Greim.

 

For additional information please visit: www.hollywoodheritage.org or www.willrogersranchfoundation.org.

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