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Posted on: December 11, 2018

Marshall Public Library Display Highlights Oscar Winning Pocatellan

The life of a Pocatello man who achieved Hollywood’s highest honor is on display at the Marshall Public Library. 


The work of costume designer Edward Stevenson will be showcased on the second floor of the library. The display features photographs, costume sketches, and images of films he worked on including classics such as “Citizen Kane” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.” He was awarded an Oscar in 1961 for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White for his efforts on “The Facts of Life.” Previously, he was nominated twice in 1952 for costume design work on “The Mudlark” and “David and Bathsheba.” Stevenson was also friends with Lucille Ball, designing her costumes for over 15 years. 


“Stevenson was uniquely tied into Pocatello’s railroad origins,” said Trent Clegg, Reference Specialist at the Marshall Public Library. “His father, Andrew B. Stevenson, worked many years for the railroad, acting as the superintendent of the entire Idaho division from 1910 until his death in 1919. ‘Eddie’ moved to Hollywood a few years after his father’s death.”


Stevenson was born in Pocatello in 1906. He died in 1968 at the age of 62 and was laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery. 


A portion of the items on display have been licensed to the Marshall Public Library by the Eli M. Oboler Library Special Collections Department.  


The display can be viewed through January 12. 


For more information on the programs and services available at the Marshall Public Library, visit marshallpl.org or like the library’s Facebook page at facebook.com/marshallpl


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