Dubuque "Field of Dreams" Actress Celebrates Movie's 25th Anniversary

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

DUBUQUE, Iowa - 25 years ago, in 1989, Field of Dreams appeared on big screens across the country. Most of it was shot the year before at a cornfield outside Dyersville that is famous to this day.

Dozens of local actors were extras in the film. Mary Anne Kean of Dubuque even had a speaking line.

Spending weeks on a major Hollywood movie set, in Iowa, is likely something you'd remember for the rest of your life.

Mary Anne's son, Tom Kean said, "It was pretty cool. It's still pretty cool."

But for 92-year-old Mary Anne Kean. Dementia has ripped away those memories.

"I don't remember whether I remember much about it, " said Mary Anne.

Kean appears about 8 minutes into movie. She's in the scene shot at a feed-store in downtown Dubuque. She played the role of a woman with the clip board who famously asks: "Who's hearing voices?"

That is certainly not the movie's most famous line, but for Kean and her sons, it was.

Now living at StoneHill Franciscan Services, Kean still collects a small royalty check each time the movie airs on TV.

Tom Kean said, "It was a small part but it was a small part but it's history now. "

While watching herself in that scene, it's hard for Mary Anne to remember who she was all those years ago.

Tom said, "She still has fun."

One thing remembers are her sons who spend time helping her remember her past. Because, as they movie suggests, that bond between a parent and their child, never fades away.
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