Originally created 09/30/97

Remembers historic film premiere



It is noteworthy that 40 years ago this month, a special event took place in Augusta involving a premiere of a major motion picture. The movie was based on a true story of a patient having multiple personality disorder who was under the care of Augusta physicians Dr. Hervey Cleckley and Dr. Corbett Thigpen. Their clinical work formed the basis of a book, The Three Faces of Eve, which became an international best seller and later was the subject of a motion picture released by Twentieth Century Fox studios.

In the movie, actress Joanne Woodward did a masterful job portraying the various personality manifestations of a woman who actually resided in the Augusta area and who was known to movie goers as "Eve." The date selected was September 18, 1957. A gala dinner honoring the authors of the book was planned for the Bon Air Hotel, followed by the first showing of the movie at the Miller Theater. The ladies of the Women's Board of University Hospital sold special souvenir tickets to the premiere, which turned into a successful hospital fund-raiser.

The Chronicle gave feature coverage to what became a major social event of 1957. An Edsel motorcade paraded celebrities around town, and among the group were movie narrator Alistair Cooke, producer Nunnally Johnson, and the reigning Miss Georgia, Jody Shattuck of Atlanta. Augusta's own Jim Davis was even the emcee at the dinner. ...

Joe Herzberg, Augusta