The bright lights of Hollywood are shining on The Village at Penn State with the making of a very special project. Residents at Liberty’s university-based retirement community in State College are starring in a calendar featuring golden moments of the silver screen.
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Helen Manfull, a Professor Emeritus of Theater and resident of The Village, served as the “director” of the project, with much assistance from Associate Theater Professor and “movie-buff” Richard St. Clair, who expertly outfitted the actor/models for each scene with costumes from the Penn State University Theater Department. Liberty’s Communications department coordinated the project with Helen and Richard, as well as professional photographer, David Jackson.
“When I was four years old, my mother said I would not answer to ‘Helen,” I would only answer to ‘Snow White,’” Helen recalled of her lifelong affection for movies and theater.
15 memorable scenes from iconic films are depicted in the calendar, including “Gone With the Wind,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Casablanca,” “The Sound of Music,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “Some Like it Hot,” and many others. The cast was photographed in front of a green screen. The movie background and special effects were designed in post-production by Liberty’s graphic artist, Jennifer Lawson.
“I think it is fun and exciting and a wonderful thing to do,” said 89-year old Mary Heflin, who was cast as the actress Janet Leigh in the famous shower-scene in the movie 1960 “Psycho.”
Mary is among 26 Village residents who participated in the calendar. Her neighbor, Percy Pierce, was cast in a scene from the comedy, “Some Like It Hot,” released in 1959, starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. Percy depicted Jack Lemmon’s character in the movie, “Gerard,” who dressed in drag as “Daphne.” Styled in an outlandish woman’s dress, a full face of make-up and a woman’s wig for the photo shoot in August, the 82 year-old man described the experience as “marvelous.”
“I had a little apprehension at first…wondered what the boys at happy hour might think after they saw the calendar,” he said with a laugh. “I love Jack Lemmon. He’s one of my favorite actors. I have seen every one of his movies.”
Mary Jean MacNeil posed as Marilyn Monroe in the “Some Like it Hot” photo shoot with Percy, and neighbor Joe French.
“I love going to the movies,” she said. “As a child I used to go to the movies on a Saturday afternoon for a dime. I am into movies with happy endings.”
Golden Moments of the Silver Screen was unveiled at a special “red carpet” event on Tuesday, October 28 at the Village. An estimated 100 people packed the Cub Lounge for the spirited celebration, where they toasted to their neighbors and purchased calendars.
ORDER YOUR CALENDAR TODAY: Golden Moments of the Silver Screen is available to purchase for $20 each. Click here to place your online order.
Proceeds benefit benevolent care at the Village, which allows residents to remain in their home if they have outlived their assets. It is a cause chosen by the residents of The Village at Penn State.
“I think one of the most fun things about this project was the residents’ joy in doing it, the excitement, and its spread to the whole Village,” Helen says.
WATCH A VIDEO OF “The Making Of: Golden Moments of the Silver Screen”
List of residents who participated in calendar (in alphabetical order)
- Hope Coder
- Ronald Coder
- Shirley Coploff
- Anneke Fleming
- Karen Flickenger
- Joe French
- Nancy Gamble
- Al Green
- Helen Harvey
- Phil Keeney
- Charlie Klemick
- Mary Heflin
- Mary Jean MacNeil
- Barnes McCormick
- Emily McCormick
- Garrett Mitchell
- Laura Mitchell
- Fran Parker
- Percy Pierce
- Dotty Rigby
- Virginia Robertson
- Shirley Snyder
- Ted Taylor
- Betsy Taylor
- Marion Winsor
- Philip Winsor
Red Carpet Release Party, October 28, 2014