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This collection includes newspaper clippings collected by Gladys E. Hearne documenting the Delaware County Historical Festival and the Muncie Civic Theater from 1972 to 1975. Also included is a brochure entitled, "Muncie Good Times: Contemporary Guide to Muncie", published in June 1976.
Gladys E. Hearne was born on April 27, 1927 to Swedish immigrants Olde and Nellie Soderberg in Superior, Wisconsin. As a young girl, she became interested in acting. She performed in high school plays and began writing her own plays. At 16 years old, she moved to Minneapolis and began performing at a well-known burlesque theatre. She married at the age of 21 and had two children before divorcing. In the 1950s and 1960s, she traveled the country performing as a dancer, singer, actress, radio/television, and nightclub performer, seamstress, director, and choreographer. She often performed under the name Mademoiselle Gee Gee. She was discovered by director Cecille B. DeMille and cast in his film "The King of Kings," but a back injury forced her to drop out of the film. She was married briefly for a second time and then married Eddie B. Hearne, who also became her manager. She retired in 1967 and settled in Muncie, Indiana. She became very involved in the Muncie Civic Theatre and other community events, including the Delaware County Historical Festival. She died in Muncie, Indiana, on June 16, 2009.
This collection is open for research.
Gladys E. Hearne Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries.
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections.
Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie IN: MSS 70: Muncie Civic Theatre Collection.
No further additions are expected.