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Andrews biography part detective story

Rollyson showed a clip from ‘Laura,’ the 1944 movie, which established Andrews as a star. Reporter/Mike Brown Rollyson showed a clip from ‘Laura,’ the 1944 movie, which established Andrews as a star. Reporter/Mike Brown Actor Dana Andrews, who lived in Rockdale briefly as a boy just after World War I, is to be the subject of a definitive biography and its author was in Rockdale last week gathering data.

Carl Rollyson of the City University of New York’s Baruch college addressed a group of interested persons Thursday at the city library to say his efforts had turned up something interesting.

Rollyson said a front page Rockdale Reporter article from 1918 re-printed the sermon Andrews’ father, Rev. Charles Forrest Andrews, preached to let his parishioners at First Baptist Church know he was not resigning.

Rev. Andrews was a controversial figure during his brief tenure at First Baptist. Under his guidance the church took a stand against most forms of entertainment, including motion pictures.

Rollyson described Rev. Andrews as an “Elmer Gantry-like figure....preaching against the sins of the flesh but susceptible to them.”

Rollyson’s “detective work” in unearthing biographical information has taken him from Mississippi, where the actor was born, to Uvalde, to Huntsville and will take him to Dallas were he hopes an interview will disclose why Dana broke up with his Texas sweetheart.


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