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Film Historian, Actress to Speak Jan. 20

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KENT—The Kent Memorial Library will present a program by Illeana Douglas immediately following its annual meeting Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. at the town hall.

The Emmy-nominated actress will discuss her latest book, “Connecticut in the Movies.” 

Douglas, granddaughter of renowned actor Melvyn Douglas, is an award-winning actress who has appeared in “Six Feet Under”, for which she won the Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series Award from the Online Film & Television Association, and in the TV series “Action” for which she won a Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Television Series musical or comedy in 1999. 

Douglas, a film historian, has long been known for shining new light on forgotten films. Now she turns her focus to a heretofore unrecognized brand: the Connecticut movie.

In her book, Douglas takes the reader on a cinematic road trip through Hollywood history and Connecticut geography, bringing the breezy, intimate, knowledgeable writing style acclaimed by reviewers of her first book, “I Blame Dennis Hopper” (2015). 

She defines how the perception of on-screen Connecticut, originally created in Hollywood, has shifted more than that of any other New England state over the decades.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested by calling 860-927-3761.

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