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Kent State University Museum Brings Popular Golden Age Leading Lady Ann Rutherford for Special Lecture in Late April (04/14/2009)

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The Kent State University Museum will present "Tales of Hollywood's Golden Age" as told by veteran actress Ann Rutherford on Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m. Rutherford is well known for her part as Careen O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind," as Polly Benedict in the Andy Hardy film series and in numerous Westerns wiht the likes of John Wayne and Gene Autry. The lecture will take place in Murphy Auditorium in Rockwell Hall, located on the corner of Main Street and Lincoln Road in Kent. A reception will follow the lecture. Tickets for the lecture and the reception are $25 and advance reservations are requested. Groups are encouraged to make reservations early as seating is limited. Parking is free. The theatre is wheelchair accessible. To reserve seats, call 330-672-3450. The museum accepts Visa and MasterCard or personal checks and cash.

Rutherford will discuss her long, illustrious career on the big screen which was highlighted in the 1930s and 1940s. Her first notable role was in 1937 as Andy Hardy’s girlfriend, Polly Benedict in the Academy Award-winning Andy Hardy film series of which she appeared as Polly 12 times.

She also starred in a series of mystery/comedies with Red Skelton, Whistling in the Dark (1941), Whistling in Dixie (1942) and Whistling in Brooklyn (1943).

On radio, she is best remembered for playing Blondie.

For more information, please contact the Kent State Museum at 330-672-3450.


Media Contact: Jean Druesedow, 330-672-0303,


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