Zita Johann (1904–1993), best known for her role in The Mummy (1932) starring Boris Karloff, lived for many years in Rockland County. The latest episode of Crossroads of Rockland History explores a new book on the actor by local author Tom Stratford, Along Came Zita (BookBaby, 2023).
The book follows the life of the classic movie star and Stratford, the enthusiastic young man that came to know Zita Johann and whose teachings continue to impact him today. This is a story that involves Hollywood history, spiritualism, trust, theft, drama, and an ongoing pursuit for justice.
You can listen to the podcast here.
Crossroads of Rockland History, a program of the Historical Society of Rockland County, airs on the third Monday of each month at 9:30 am, right after the Jeff and Will morning show, on WRCR radio 1700 AM and www.WRCR.com. Host Clare Sheridan explores, celebrates, and learns about local history, with different topics and guest speakers each month. Recorded broadcasts are available for streaming on all major podcasts platforms.
The Historical Society of Rockland County is a nonprofit educational institution and principal repository for original documents and artifacts relating to Rockland County. Its headquarters are a four-acre site featuring a history museum and the 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House in New City, New York.
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