Category Archives: Motion picture actors and actresses

Attack of the Killer…Shrews?

With it being the Halloween season, it seems appropriate to take note of a gruesome creature of movie land that may have haunted our dreams, or is kitschy enough to have  made us roll our eyes in disbelief. You’ve heard … Continue reading

Posted in Current events, events, Fantasy, Holidays, Horror, Motion picture actors and actresses, motion picture history, popular culture, science fiction, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Celebrating 200th anniversary of Frankenstein

2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. In the novel, Shelley (1797-1851) tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who builds a sapient creature in his laboratory through an ambiguous … Continue reading

Posted in announcements, Authors and literature, Current events, events, exhibits, found in the archive, Frankenstein, Horror, Motion picture actors and actresses, motion picture history, Photographic collections, science fiction, television history, Uncategorized, University of Wyoming | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Hoppy’s Saddle is not Hoppy’s Saddle – The Mystery Solved

In 1982, Grace Bradley Boyd donated to the American Heritage Center a large cache of documents, photographs and memorabilia that belonged to her late husband William L. Boyd, or “Hopalong Cassidy” as he was better known.  “Hoppy” was well-known to … Continue reading

Posted in announcements, Collection donor, Current events, found in the archive, Hopalong Cassidy, Motion picture actors and actresses, motion picture history, popular culture, Student projects, television history, Uncategorized, Western history | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Spotlighting Communism & Hollywood in the papers of Sesame Street’s Mr. Hooper

One of the most recognizable figures of the first thirteen years (1969-1982) of PBS’s Sesame Street was Mr. Hooper the grocer, played by veteran actor Will Lee. He was one of the four original human characters on the show. Before … Continue reading

Posted in Blacklisting, Cold War, Communism, Motion picture actors and actresses, motion picture history, Politics, popular culture, Social justice, television history, Uncategorized, World War II | Tagged | Leave a comment

Exhibit at the American Heritage Center honors Barbara Stanwyck, 1907-1990

The astounding and legendary life and career of Barbara Stanwyck began in Brooklyn, New York. The youngest of 5 children born to common laborers, Stanwyck was originally known as ‘Ruby Stevens.’ She became orphaned by the age of 4. After … Continue reading

Posted in announcements, events, exhibits, Motion picture actors and actresses, motion picture history, popular culture, television history | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Celebrating Black History Month: The June Vanleer Williams Story

African-American journalist and editor June Vanleer Williams is not necessarily well-known, but what a rich life she led. Williams was an actress, a casting director, a journalist, a playwright, a poet, and an active member in Karamu House, which is the … Continue reading

Posted in African American history, Authors and literature, Current events, found in the archive, Journalism, Motion picture actors and actresses, motion picture history, popular culture, Uncategorized, Under-documented communities, women's history | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Brassy Barbara Stanwyck and Pre-Code Hollywood

In 1934, the Hays Code began to be strictly enforced in Hollywood to clean up alleged indecency in movies. All evil-doers had to meet their just rewards. What spurred the prudish policing? Hardboiled flicks like Baby Face. This 1933 film had … Continue reading

Posted in Motion picture actors and actresses, motion picture history, Politics, popular culture, Uncategorized, women's history | Tagged | 3 Comments