Iowa Museum Features Famous Iowa Celebrities

Early this morning Governor Terry Branstad toured the “Hollywood in the Heartland” exhibit that opens to the public at the State Historical Building on Friday, June 27th.


It showcases Iowans who’ve become movie stars and films that have been made in the state. There’s a good bit of movie-related memorabilia, too…

“A ‘Teen Choice Award’ surfboard from Ashton Kutcher, who is from Homestead, Iowa — over near Iowa City; photographs and artifacts from Brandon Routh from Norwalk who starred in ‘Superman’ and the Academy Award won by Chloris Leachman for Best Supporting Actress in The Last Picture Show,” says Branstad.

Liz Gilman of the “State Office of Media Production” brought Leachman’s 1971 Oscar to Iowa last week.

Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie says exhibit-goers will find information about 18 Iowans who’ve become stars.


Ottumwa native Tom Arnold will be at the Historical Museum on Friday, June 27th for opening weekend festivities. Arnold starred in the 1994 blockbuster movie “True Lies” with Arnold Schwarzenegger and a script from the movie — autographed by Arnold, Schwarzenegger and James Cameron, the movie’s director — will be on display in the exhibit.