Dana Andrews program set for Nov. 4th

Carl Rollyson, journalism professor at Baruch College of the City University of New York, will host a program on actor Dana Andrews fro, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at the city library.

Rollyson, is writing a biography of Andrews. The program is entitled “Dana Andrews: The Road From Rockdale to Hollywood.”

Andrews lived in Rockdale as a child in the World War I era. His father, Rev. C. F. Andrews, was pastor of First Baptist Church.

The Andrews family had 13 children.

Dana Andrews was born Carver Dana Andrews on a farmstead outside Collins, Covington County, Mississippi.

The family subsequently moved to Huntsville, Texas, where his younger siblings (including actor Steve Forrest) were born.

Andrews attended college at Sam Houston State University and also studied business administration in Houston, working briefly as an accountant for Gulf & Western.

In 1931, he travelled to Los A ngeles, Ca lifor nia seek ing opportunities as a singer. He worked at various jobs to earn a living, including pumping gas at a filling station before getting his big break in films.

He was of Hollywood’s major stars in the 1940s and continued acting into the 1980s.

He had a starring role, with Fredric March and Myrna Loy, in William Wyler’s “The Best Years of Our Lives,” one of the most honored films of the 1940s and still regarded as the definitive American movie dealing with returning World War II veterans.

He starred in The Ox-Bow Incident, an “anti-western” filmed by maverick director William Wellman, which has become a cult.

He also appeared in “Laura”, “Airport, 1975” and more than 70 other films. Andrews died in 1992 at age 83.

Rollyson has also written biographies on Marilyn Monroe, Norman Mailer, Pablo Picasso and Marie Curie.

“I am excited about meeting people in Rockdale who may have stories to tell about what it was like to grow up in Rockdale in the years Dana and his family resided there,” he said.

“I don’t imagine there are any contemporaries of Dana Andrews left but there are certainly the ancestors from those contemporaries,” he added.

For more information on the free presentation call the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce at 512-446-2030.

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