Sidney Poitier won the first Oscar by a black man for his role in Lilies of the Field. The 1963 movie was produced on a shoe string budget in 14 days.
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Frank Capra made good Catholic films, even when rarely using religious imagery and themes. Revisit him on this 75th anniversary of It’s a Wonderful Life
Lawrence Welk was born in North Dakota, where his parents instilled a strong Catholic faith. The leader of The Lawrence Welk Show was a daily communicant.
Betty Hutton was “The Incendiary Blonde” of Hollywood, known for her high energy and her big singing voice. But her tragic personal life was only saved by a Catholic priest.
John Wayne cultivated a rugged and tough, but family-friendly on-screen persona. But in his private life, it wasn’t until his death that he mended his ways.
Fred Allen was a hugely influential and beloved comic whose characters, tropes, and sketches have been imitated since his death. He also was a devout Catholic.
Mary Edmonia Lewis was a black Catholic woman and a great sculptor who gained respect and admiration around the world, but who had to leave the U.S. to gain it.
Mary Lou Williams was one of the great jazz musicians of the 20th century. As Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell us, when she’d had enough of the dissolute life that came with fame, Mary Lou eventually turned her heart to Christ, became Catholic, and put her musical talent in His hands.
Carl Schmitt was a great American artist whose Catholic faith informed his understanding of how our ability to produce art fit into the designs of God.