Update: Great news!
Barbara Minty McQueen will join Marshall Terrill at the Beech Grove Book Signing
This will be Barbara’s first-ever
visit to the city of McQueen’s birth, as it will also be for Marshall. The
folks at the Beech Grove Library are thrilled and are looking forward to showing
Barbara the memorabilia about Wanted Dead or Alive in our Steve McQueen
Birthplace Collection, since (as she noted in her book The Last Mile) she
first watched McQueen on this show as a child.
McQueen biographer to
appear in Beech Grove for discussion and book signing
Contact: Bill Ames, Triumph
GROVE, IND. (Oct. 7, 2010) – Steve McQueen’s preeminent biographer is coming to
Beech Grove to discuss the life, death and resurrection of the superstar almost
30 years after his passing.
Biographer Marshall Terrill
will make a special visit to the Beech Grove Public Library, 1102 Main Street,
Beech Grove, on Sunday, Oct. 31. His 2 p.m. appearance will include a power
point presentation, question and answer session and the signing of his new book,
Steve McQueen: The Life and Legend of a Hollywood Icon. Beech Grove
native and McQueen enthusiast, Will Smither, will also appear as a guest
“I’ve been to numerous
places throughout the United States and Mexico to conduct research on the life
of Steve McQueen, but the one place I seemed to keep missing was Beech Grove,
Indiana, the place where it all started,” Terrill said. “I’m excited to see the
hospital where McQueen was born and the home where he was raised.”
Terrill credits Smither with
finding key research on McQueen’s birth and early life in Beech Grove. A
non-certified birth certificate shows that McQueen was born in Marion County but
the document does not provide the name of the hospital where he was born. Both
men believe McQueen was born at St. Francis Hospital at 1600 Albany St. The
hospital was built in 1914 and was a five-minute drive from the home of Victor
and Lillian Crawford, McQueen’s maternal grandparents, who owned a home in the
Little Flower district. They raised their grandson until the age of three, and
moved to Slater, Missouri, as a result of the Great Depression.
In December 1993, Terrill
launched his literary career with Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel,
an exhaustively researched biography that became an instant best-seller, has
gone into four printings and was optioned as a feature film in 2009. His new
book, Steve McQueen: The Life and Legacy of a Hollywood Icon is a
624-page biography which will be released in November, 2010 to commemorate the
30th anniversary of McQueen’s death.
For more information, call
the Beech Grove Public Library at (317) 788-4203 or visit
Marshall Terrill is the world’s foremost expert on Steve McQueen. Author of the
best-selling Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel, he has written
or co-written biographies on McQueen, Elvis
Presley, Pete Maravich, Ken Norton, and Edd Byrnes, among others.