Celebrating Life, Legend, and Legacy
In memory of Marshalltown girl, French Heroine and Hollywood icon, Jean Seberg, the Jean Seberg Endowment Fund ensures the future and stewardship of the Jean Seberg memorabilia collection and the continued growth of the Exhibit Hall at the Orpheum Theater Center. The Endowment also ensures the future of the annual Jean Seberg Drama Award at Marshalltown High School. Jean Seberg’s family and Iowa roots instilled in her a passion to always help others. Author Garry McGee states, “She was from a large town in Iowa and became the darling of Paris. She alternated between small European films and big Hollywood movies, on the way helping Jean-Luc Godard to shape contemporary cinema. She moved between the worlds of show business and politics, from private and state dinners with leaders to clandestine activities supporting groups and individuals on both sides of the Atlantic. She was a unique person ahead of her time.” Presenting educational, substantive and inspiring exhibits to bring focus to the achievements of Iowa screen legends like Jean Seberg, is a noble, inspiring task. It is also labor intensive and costly. A crucial philanthropic goal is to adequately endow the historic Orpheum Theater Center, specifically through the Jean Seberg Endowment, to ensure the future of these programs.