Indiana is a diverse state, from the hills of Brown County to the dunes on the shores of Lake Michigan...from the steel mills of Gary to the remarkable "Athens of the Prairie" in Columbus. From this state of diversity has sprung people with diverse talents from the sophisticated melodies and lyrics of Cole Porter to the homespun jazz tunes of Hoagy Carmichael. Actors from the cosmopolitan Clifton Webb to the raucous Marjorie Main. Literature from Pulitzer Prize winner Booth Tarkington and Theodore Dreiser to the "Hoosier Poets", James Whitcomb Riley and Kin Hubbard. Perhaps George Ade (The Neil Simon of his day), said it best: "Because Indiana is not overbalanced by city population and is not cowed by arrogant wealth and has a lingering regard for...all styles of literary output, the Hoosier has achieved his particular distinction as a mixed type...a puzzling combination of shy provincial, unfettered democrat and Fourth of July orator. He is a student by choice, a poet by sneaking inclination and a story-teller by reason of his nativity."And so Hoosier students, poets and story-tellers made their way to Hollywood, the Mecca for people who had stories to tell and talent] crying for a showcase.
If you are aware of any native Hoosiers who are not on the lists I have compiled, please let me know. This is an ongoing project. I would also be interested in anyone who spent a number of years in our state but was not a native...people like Karl Malden, Irene Dunne, Kevin Kline, etc.
My book, "Hoosiers in Hollywood" provides much more detailed
biographies of the majority of people who appear in this section.
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