Stefanie Powers to Introduce “Executive Suite,” a 1954 William Holden Classic at Library

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Date(s) - 10/01/2015
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

South Pasadena Public Library Community Room

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“Executive Suite,” starring “South Pasadena’s own” William Holden will be screened in the South Pasadena Public Library on Thursday, October 1 at 7 p.m.  The classic film, featuring an all-star cast, was personally selected by actress and author Stefanie Powers as her favorite William Holden film.  Stefanie will be on hand to introduce the film and deliver a tribute to Holden, who she lovingly remembers in her memoir “One from the Hart” which will be available for purchase at a signing table.  The 1953 motion picture also starts Barbara Stanwyck, June Allyson, Frederic March, and Shelley Winters in a tale of corporate chicanery.  It is produced by John Houseman and directed by Robert Wise (“The Sound of Music”) who met each other while they were filming “Citizen Kane.”  Also in 1953 Holden won the Oscar for Best Actor for “Stalag 17,” and by 1956 he was the top box office attraction in the United States.

When Avery Bullard, the owner of a gigantic furniture company dies, the company is shaken to its foundation.  Its executives immediately become tangled in a series of unscrupulous power plays while vying to become top man at the company.  No less than five vice-presidents jockey for the position of president.  Evaluating the candidates is Julie Tredway (Stanwyck), daughter of the founder of the firm and mistress to the recently deceased company head.  She is also the chief stockholder so her recommendation is of utmost importance.  The VPs are shady and ruthless, except for Walling (Holden), who gives a powerful speech about business ethics over profits to Tredway and the other board members.

Stefanie Powers began her career at age 15.  She has appeared in 31 motion pictures, co-starring with such screen legends as John Wayne, Lana Turner, Ava Gardner, Bing Crosby, Glenn Ford, and Sammy Davis, Jr.  Her first television series, “The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.,” marked a milestone as the first hour long TV series featuring a female in the leading role.  Her television career includes over 25 mini-series, over 200 episodic guest star appearances, 35 movies for television and two more television series, “Feather and Father” and the long running “Hart to Hart,” starring opposite Robert Wagner.

Stefanie is a member of the Screen Writers’ Guild and has produced several of her own plays. In 2015 Stefanie joined the cast of the musical “Gotta Dance” which will be on Broadway in the spring of 2016.  It’s inspired by the true events of a senior dance team for a professional basketball league.  Stefanie is also devoted to animal protection.  She is founder and president of the William Holden Wildlife Foundation, established in 1982 to continue and further her long-time partner’s conservation work in East Africa after his death.  Stefanie resides part of each year in Kenya and has received numerous international awards for her grass roots work in conservation.

The beautiful, historic Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and no tickets or reservations are necessary.  Refreshments will be served. Special thanks to Kathy Bartels, Friends of the Rialto Theatre, and Free parking is available after 6:00 p.m. at the Mission-Meridian Parking Garage located adjacent to the Gold Line Station at 805 Meridian Avenue.