The Making of the Wizard of Oz to be discussed by Author Aljean Harmetz

The Making of the Wizard of Oz by Aljean Harmetz - Culver City Historical SocietyAljean Harmetz, author of The Making of the Wizard of Oz, will discuss her book and reveal facts about the classic movie made in Culver City, which is marking its 75th anniversary this year, at the next general meeting of the Culver City Historical Society, Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in the Teen Center at 4153 Overland Avenue, Culver City.

The program will include songs from the film, a slide show narrated by Harmetz, a documentary with interviews and stories from many of the original cast, and a question and answer session.

Harmetz is the author of books about the making of classic The Making of the Wizard of Oz by Aljean Harmetz - Culver City Historical Societyfilms (The Making of Gone with the Wind; The Making of Casa Blanca and many others) as well as a novel. She spent 12 years as the Hollywood and West Coast cultural reporter at the New York Times.

A signed copy of Harmetz’s 75th anniversary edition of her book will be given by a drawing, and all attendees will have a chance to win. After the program, a book signing will take place in the Culver City Historical Society’s Archives and Resource Center (ARC), just steps away, where her book will be for sale for $19 (cash or checks only) while supplies last. Harmetz also will sign books for those who bring them that night. The ARC will have displays showing movie history in “The Heart of Screenland.”

All members of the Culver City Historical Society and the public are welcome to enjoy this free program and students are encouraged to attend.

For more information, please call the Society at (310) 253-6941 or inquire by e-mail at  Also, visit the CCHS website at: for updates.

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