The official word: Classic movie fans and supporters of the Kent State University Museum will have the rare opportunity to personally meet Robert Osborne, the host of Turner Classic Movies, and Ann Rutherford, who played Scarlett O’Hara’s younger sister Carreen in “Gone with the Wind” on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the museum.
The two celebrities, who are attending the museum’s 25th anniversary gala that evening as special guests, will be available to talk with fans and sign autographs to support the museum and its highly anticipated original exhibition Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen. Attendees of the private 25 Years of Dazzle gala will preview the exhibition before its Oct. 2 opening.
The museum’s exhibition on Hepburn features costumes and other items, many never put on display, from Hepburn’s personal collection of performance clothes given to the museum by her estate in 2008.
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Osborne, who will be introducing a video on Hepburn as part of the program, is an internationally recognized film historian. In addition to hosting Turner Classic Movies, Osborne covered Hollywood and the film industry as a reporter, is an authority on the Academy Awards and regularly interviews the many personalities who have shaped American film.
In addition to her role in “Gone with the Wind,” Rutherford is known to classic movie fans as Mickey Rooney’s girlfriend Polly Benedict in the immensely popular Andy Hardy series of the late 1930s and early ‘40s. She co-starred or appeared in featured roles in such films as “Pride and Prejudice” (1940), “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (1947) and “Adventures of Don Juan” (1948). She also is known to classic radio fans as Blondie, and she played Suzanne Pleshette's mother on TV's “The Bob Newhart Show” (1972-1978).
“We are delighted Mr. Osborne and Miss Rutherford are supporting the museum in such a wonderful, personal way,” said Jean Druesedow, director of the Kent State University Museum. “For those who have an interest in movies, being able to talk with them is a rare treat.”
During this two-hour window of opportunity, there will be a special admission of $15 for visitors. This charge includes the opportunity to request an autograph from Osborne and Rutherford, as well as a chance to see the exhibits that have been opened to the public, except the Hepburn exhibit which will be restricted until the formal opening.
“We have reserved ‘first peek’ to those attending our special gala that evening,” Druesedow said. “We know Kate would approve.”
For more information about the autograph opportunity at the Kent State University Museum on Sept. 25, call 330-672-3450 or visit www.kent.edu/museum or the museum’s page on Facebook.