Hollywood Heritage’s “Evenings @ The Barn” series will offer â€œA Tribute to Will Rogersâ€ Wednesday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hollywood Heritage Museum Lasky-DeMille Barn (birthplace of Paramount Pictures), 2100 North Highland Avenue across from the Hollywood Bowl. General admission is $10 ($5 for members) and free parking is available.
The tribute night will feature film clip, anecdotes and recollections. William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers (November 4, 1879 â€“ August 15, 1935) was one of the best-known celebrities in the 1920s and 1930s. The 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. He died in an Alaska plane crash 75 years ago.
Jennifer Rogers-Etcheverry, Will Rogers’ Great-granddaughter, will be on hand to discuss his legacy. She has been involved in the Rogers family business since 1991 and now serves as the family spokesperson, traveling throughout the year, 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 liveâ€, she said. â€œWill’s wisdom and quotes are timeless and we applaud the Hollywood Heritage Museum for helping to keep his memory alive.”
Rogers-Etcheverry 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 allowed the museum to host the first public screening of several documentaries that were produced expressly for it’s popular Will Rogers DVD Collection: “Back to the Ranch” features personal interviews with Rogers’ family members at the re-dedication of the Will Rogers Ranch in Pacific Palisades and â€œJane Withers Remembersâ€¦â€ features stories from the beloved child star who was befriended by Rogers when they were both making films at Fox Studios.
Additionally, 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.