Exhibit Highlights Iowa Big Screen Stars

By Nadia Crow, Reporter

MARION, Iowa - As the 85th Academy Awards take center stage across the nation, we take a closer look at Iowans who struck gold on the big screen. Let's take a unique local look at the Oscars in an exhibit called "Is this Hollywood, No It's Iowa." In Hollywood, they're rolling out the red carpet just in time for the Oscars highlighting the big name stars.

"Acting is a great art and those who can master it, deserve recognition," said curator David Wendell.

And over the years, David Wendell says many hailed from the Hawkeye state. That's why he dedicated almost a year to researching and putting together an exhibit honoring more than 120 big screen stars from Iowa. And with the 85th Oscars as a back drop, what better time to recognize one of its founding fathers?

"The academy awards themselves were actually founded by an Iowan Conrad angle from Keokuk," said Wendell

As you take a look at the exhibit, some of these faces you'll recognize right away. Bobby Driscoll from Cedar Rapids won an Oscar back in 1950. He's just one of a handful of Iowans to get the honor.

"We actually have next door to us relatives of these great internationally recognized stars but we don't even know it," said Wendell.

Perhaps an Iowan's humble nature is to blame.

"Iowans just don't like to toot their own horn, it's just not something that's inbreed within us, we're just too modest," said Wendell.

It's Wendell's quest to make sure these actors get some well-deserved attention. The exhibit at The Summit Pointe in Marion ends Monday.
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