Throwback Thursday: “Driving Miss Daisy,” 1996

Happy #ThrowbackThursday from Nebraska Memories!

In 1996, Omaha actors John Beasley and Elaine Jabenis starred in the Omaha Community Playhouse presentation of “Driving Miss Daisy.” During the run of performances, John Beasley was called out of town to audition for a role in the movie, “The Apostle” starring Robert Duvall. The Playhouse cancelled the show for one night so that he could go to Georgia for the audition. He won the part, and has since become famous for roles in television series and movies.

This 8.5″ x 11″ black and white photograph is provided and owned by the Omaha Community Playhouse. This collection includes digitized images of the Playhouse and some of its performances. Some of the actors in these images are Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, and Dorothy McGuire. The Playhouse partnered with a University of Nebraska at Omaha Advanced Cataloging class, with the help of John Seyfarth, to digitize a portion of their extensive collection of photographs and create the metadata records for Nebraska Memories.

Want to see more Nebraska history? Check out all the collections on the Nebraska Memories archive! It’s a cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials and make them available to researchers of all ages via the Internet.

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