august, 2019

19aug6:30 pm8:15 pmStars From Scranton: Grace Gillern (Albertson)

Event Details

Scranton Public Library continues its Stars From Scranton film series with a screening of the 1958 teen drama Hot Car Girl, starring Scranton native Grace Gillern (Albertson), on a special night Monday, August 19th at 6:30 PM.  The screening will be held in the Henkelman Room, located on the second floor of Scranton Public Library.

Admission is free with your library card.

Raised in Scranton, PA, Grace appeared in many roles on TV and in films, starting off appearing in small uncredited roles in film beginning in the 1940’s such as Du Barry Was a Lady (1942. which starred Red Skelton, and Lucille Ball), You Came Along and Arson Squad (1945). In the 1950, she appeared again with Ball and Bob Hope in an uncredited role in the comedy/western film Fancy Pants, as well as The Reformer and the Redhead and Main Street To Broadway.

The decade of the 1950s included several TV show appearances, which included The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna, and the original Dragnet TV series. She also appeared on Broadway at this time, in the play Sunrise at Campobello in 1958-59.

The 1960s and 1970s were the period which Grace had most of her work in TV and film, appearing on such popular TV shows such as HazelDr. KildareGomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.BewitchedMannixPolice WomanMarcus Welby, M.D.Hawaii Five-O and Mission: Impossible. During this time, she also had supporting roles in the Andy Griffith film Angel in My Pocket (1969), and the 1971 made-for-TV movie Call Her Mom.

Grace made her last TV show appearance to date in 1990, on the NBC-TV sitcom series Dear John.

The screening of Hot Car Girl is to honor what would have been Grace’s 100th birthday (August 4, 1919).

The film will screen at 6:30 PM, but early birds will be treated to vintage entertainment starting at 6 PM.

Following the film, we will be screening an episode of I Dream of Jeannie featuring Grace, titled What Ever Happened to Baby Custer?

Refreshments will be generously provided by The Friends of Scranton Public Library.

For more information or to register, please contact Bill at 570-348-3000, x3016 or visit us online at



(Monday) 6:30 pm - 8:15 pm


Henkelman Room at the Albright Memorial Library

500 Vine Street