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‘Bill Huie and Hollywood’ lectures at Princess Monday

A “Bill Huie and Hollywood” program at 7 p.m. Monday will include a showing of a film, as well as a Decatur woman talking about the author’s work.

Before the 93-minute film begins, Carol Puckett of Decatur will briefly discuss Huie and some of the seven of his 23 books that were made into movies. Afterward, she will be available for a question-and-answer session.

Puckett, who is writing a biography on the famous author, said that in 1964, William Bradford Huie rented the Princess Theatre in Decatur for a gala screening of “The Americanization of Emily,” a movie based on his novel of the same name. She plans an encore showing.

“I want people in Decatur and Morgan County to just get to know the incredibly prolific author ... who was one of them,” Puckett said.

Huie, a sixth-generation Morgan countian, spent most of his career as a freelance writer for major magazines published in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, she said.

The investigative journalist pursued such history-making events as the murder of Emmett Till in Mississippi, the execution of Ernie Slovik for cowardice during World War II, and the murders of three civil rights workers in Mississippi.

His fiction novels became a reflection of stories he previously researched for nonfiction work, she said.

The Princess lecture series is a partnership with Calhoun Community College and Bank Independent. Tickets are $10 or $5 for students and teachers.

Call 340-1778 or visit

Patrice Stewart

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