John Bowers Film Night scheduled for November 19

Have you ever heard of this handsome silent film star, John Bowers?

Eckhart Bowers

Did you know that he is a DeKalb County native?

John Bowers, born John Bowersox in Garrett in 1885, was the star of more than 90 movies in the early part of the twentieth century. He died in 1936 of a possible suicide, and may have been an inspiration for the character of Norman Maine in the movie “A Star is Born.”

The Willennar Genealogy Center: A Service of Eckhart Public Library will hold a John Bowers Film Night on Wednesday, November 19, at 5:30 p.m. in the Learning Lab. There will be a brief presentation on Bowers’ life, career, and tragic demise before the feature presentation, a showing of the 1922 film “Lorna Doone” starring Bowers and Madge Bellamy.

Eckhart Lorna Doone

The Learning Lab will be transformed into a theater, and attendees can walk the red carpet. People are invited to wear their silent-film-era best to the event. Refreshments will be served. Willennar Genealogy Center staff members are excited to share with people the life of this DeKalb County native. Bowers is not as well-known as many of his contemporaries, but he was an important figure in his day.

Registration is requested but not required. However, space is limited. To register, please call 925-2414 ext. 420 or email


About Jenny

I am the Associate Director of Eckhart Public Library. My office is in the Administrative Annex, but I can often be found roaming the Eckhart Public Library Campus, performing acts of librarianship in every department! I love to read and learn about history. I'm also a huge fan of movies, TV and pop culture in general, and I love to read books of all types. Currently, I'm working my way around the romance section, with some historical fiction and graphic novels thrown in for variety! But you never know what I'm going to pick up next.
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