Thursday, June 28, 2018

Rosina Lawrence: Westboro's Golden Era Hollywood Starlet

The new issue of Kitchissippi Times is out, and my column this month covers the impressive "Cinderella story" of Rosina Lawrence, a girl who grew up in Westboro and went on to briefly become one of Hollywood's most promising stars in the 1930s. Rosina was the daughter of a Hollywood movie set builder (who honed his skills building houses in Westboro), who became a prolific dancer as a result of an unorthodox recovery method suggested by a doctor when she became partially paralyzed as a young teen. At one time she was mentioned in the same breath as Rita Hayworth as a promising star of Hollywood.

Long-time Westboro historian Shirley Shorter interviewed Rosina's aunts in 1978, and her notes and quotes were the inspiration behind this article.

Please click on this link to see the article:

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