On Saturday, May 2, 2015 the Clinton County Historical Association and Museum in partnership with the City of Plattsburgh, SUNY Plattsburgh’s Center for the Study of Canada, and The Strand Center for the Arts will commemorate film legend Jean Arthur with an all day celebration beginning with the official unveiling of a plaque at her birthplace
Born Gladys Georgiana Greene on October 17, 1900 to Hubert and Hannah Greene, Jean Arthur and her family resided that day at 94 Oak Street and lived in Plattsburgh, NY from 1887 to 1903. She died in 1991.
Arthur, a popular screen actor from the 1930s through the 1950s, is best known for her lead roles in some of that era’s most celebrated films: Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, The Plainsman (as Annie Oakley), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The More the Merrier, and Shane.
In 1950 Greene starred in a very successful Broadway production of Peter Pan. Cities and towns across the United States honor film legends who have roots in their communities with museums, festivals, and other special events.
The day will begin at 11 am with an Historic Marker Dedication Ceremony at 94 Oak Street. Speakers will include City of Plattsburgh Mayor, James Calnon, the prime mover behind the Jean Arthur plaque project, David Palmieri, and Jean Arthur biographer, John Oller.
A 12 pm reception will follow at the Center for the Study of Canada, 133 Court Street, where the public is invited to meet our special guests and enjoy free light refreshments.
The reception will be followed by two showings of the film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington at The Strand Theatre, 25 Brinkerhoff Street, at 2 and 7 pm with each showing concluding with a question and answer session with biographer John Oller.
Cost for the film showing is $5.00 for seniors, members, students, and military and $7.00 for the general public. For more information, call 518-561-0340.
Photo:Jean Arthur publicity photo from the mid-1930s.