Rolling Out the Red Carpet in Lowell


 Bette Davis • 1939 Best Actress winner for Jezebel      Image: Oscars.org

Bette Davis • 1939 Best Actress winner for Jezebel     Image: Oscars.org

From Lowell to the Limelight, many actors, directors and personalities once called this Massachusetts town home. So, as we get ready to honor the arts at the 90th Academy Awards, see who started their walk of fame on these local streets, then experience red carpet indulgence at our exclusive Oscar Pre-Party!

Beloved American icon, Bette Davis was born right here in Lowell. One of the greatest in Hollywood history, she was renowned for her work in film, television and theater. She is best known for All About Eve and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane. The first female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice, was the first person to accrue ten Academy Award nominations for acting and was the first woman to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute.

A well-respected woman of the stage and screen, Olympia Dukakis grew up here in Lowell and didn’t get her big break until age 56 when she turned in an Oscar-winning performance as Cher’s mother in the 1987 film, Moonstruck. Many awards and accolades later, she has given life to some of the most memorable characters of all time, like Clairee Belcher in Steel Magnolias, and Bette Tremont in Dad. With more than 120 credits to her career and three new projects in the works for 2018, she is still lighting up the stage and screen today.

Raised in Lowell by Nan Kelly, a silent film star, Nancy Kelly started her career as a child model and quickly transitioned into a film and radio star. After winning the Tony Award for her performance in The Bad Seed on Broadway, she reprised her role in the 1956 film version and was nominated for an Academy Award. She lost the Oscar to Ingrid Bergman, but with a star on the Walk of Fame, more than 50 film and television credits and many modeling and radio appearances, her legacy lives on.

And there are even more Hollywood A-Listers who hail from Lowell, like Michael Chiklis. The Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning actor best known for his role on The Shield, he has appeared in Fantastic 4, American Horror Story and most recently in Gotham. Director James P. Hogan also hails from here, he has more than 60 films to his credit, like Bulldog Drummond’s Secret Police, The Farmer’s Daughter and The Mad Ghoul to name a few! Another local celeb is none other than Ed McMahon. The iconic entertainer, announcer and actor was a household name from Star Search to The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson to Super Bloopers and Practical Jokes with Dick Clark!

So why not indulge in the all glam of the golden statue? Join us on Sunday, March 4th at Thorndike Exchange’s Experience Center to honor Lowell’s Oscar history and celebrate this year’s nominees! Step onto the red carpet with us, enjoying sips and snacks while we watch the stars arrive at the Academy Awards. Click here to be part of Hollywood’s biggest night!