Fans of both Carole Lombard and Irene Dunne have plenty to be excited about -- they are among 13 historic inductees in the inaugural class of the Indiana Performing Arts Hall of Fame. The official announcement was made Tuesday in Indianapolis by the Indiana Media Industry Network, a not-for-profit group representing the state's film, television, new media, music and commercial production industry.
Induction for the 13 "historic" (a.k.a. deceased) members will be made June 19, as they will join six living honorees who will be named next spring. The 19-member inaugural class commemorates Indiana's status as the 19th state in the union; in subsequent years, 10 inductees will be chosen. Initially, the Hall of Fame will be housed solely in cyberspace, with the artist's biography, photos, filmography or discography and video and recording references. Down the road, a permanent multimedia "walk of fame" will be established.
So who's joining Carole and Irene (who wasn't born in Indiana, but spent several years there) in this class? It's a pretty talented list:
Director: Robert Wise.
Playwright: Booth Tarkington.
Actors: Scatman Crothers, James Dean, Marjorie Main, Steve McQueen.
Comedian: Red Skelton.
Lyricist: Noble Sissle.
Composers: Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter.
Musician: Wes Montgomery.
Who will be among the six living honorees to accompany them? David Letterman? John Mellencamp? Fort Wayne's own Shelley Long? We'll find out next spring.
For more on the Indiana Media Industry Network, visit their Web site at http://www.imindiana.org/ Here's something they sent out to promote this week's announcement: