Steve Taravella, author of the new Mary Wickes biography Mary Wickes: I Know I’ve Seen That Face Before, will give a presentation at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, in Olin Library's Ginkgo Reading Room--the same library space where the Mary Wickes exhibition is currently on display.
Taravella, a longtime journalist and award-winning writer based in Maryland, made extensive use of the Wickes collection in University Archives during his research for the book.
"In the biography, Taravella helps us get to know Wickes better," says University Archivist Sonya Rooney. "He follows her acting career on stage, in film, and on television and brings to life her many roles--predominantly nurses, nuns, and housekeepers."
A reception and book sale will follow Taravella’s talk, which is titled "Mary Wickes: How Washington University Launched an Actress of Character." The event is free and open to the public. For more upcoming WU Libraries events, see library.wustl.edu/events.