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Legendary actress and Des Moines native Cloris Leachman returned to her hometown for four events Aug. 27-28, including “Hollywood Backstories” at the State Historical Museum of Iowa on Aug. 27, where she demonstrated her famous comedic wit onstage in front of a packed theater audience, pressed her handprints into a cement tile and answered questions about her career and life in Des Moines. Photo by Michael Swanger/Iowa History Journal

Legendary actress and Des Moines native Cloris Leachman returned to her hometown for four events Aug. 27-28, including “Hollywood Backstories” at the State Historical Museum of Iowa on Aug. 27, where she demonstrated her famous comedic wit onstage in front of a packed theater audience, pressed her handprints into a cement tile and answered questions about her career and life in Des Moines. Photo by Michael Swanger/Iowa History Journal

Volume 8, Issue No. 6, Nov/Dec, 2016

Lights, camera, Cloris! Sit back and enjoy the twists and turns of Iowa History Journal‘s blockbuster cover story, an intimate conversation with Des Moines native and Oscar-winning actress Cloris Leachman Leachman. The legendary actress shares stories about her life and career — from her early days onstage in Des Moines to her remarkable career in Hollywood — with writer John Busbee, who was afforded exclusive access to Leachman during her recent return to her hometown.

 

 

Button down the hatches! IHJ explores how bomb throwers, strikebreakers and button makers shook the Pearl Button Capital of the World.

 

Don Doxsie reminds us of Bob Feller’s courageous and selfless act of valor as the first famous athlete to answer the call of duty after Pearl Harbor 75 years ago.

 

Come along with Carson Ode as he takes you underground to see the hidden historic downtown of Independence.

 

Publisher’s Perspective: Michael Swanger provides an update about how the Iowa History Advisory Council has sparked a proposal to include Iowa history in the social studies standards.

 

 

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