Crossroads of Rockland History: Zita Johann

2023-05 Crossroads Image-Zita Johann
May 15, 2023

Zita Johann with Tom Stratford
This program originally aired on May 15, 2023. To listen, click here.

Host Clare Sheridan explores the new book by local author Tom Stratford, titled Along Came Zita. The book has been described as “a story of one man's journey with Hollywood Gold”: Zita Johann  (1904–1993), who lived for many years in Rockland County. A stage and screen actress, Johann is best known for her role opposite Boris Karloff in the film The Mummy. She debuted on Broadway in 1924 and made her first film appearance in D. W. Griffith's 1931 film The Struggle. After seven films, she quit movie acting to work in the theater, collaborating with John Houseman, to whom she was married from 1929 to 1933.

About the author: Tom Stratford is an actor and author who resides in the Hudson Valley. He has appeared in more than forty film and television productions. Along Came Zita is his first book. It follows the life of a famous classic movie star and the enthusiastic young man that came to know Zita Johann and whose teachings impacted him to this day. This is a story that involves Hollywood history, spiritualism, trust, theft, drama, and an ongoing pursuit for justice.

Tom Stratford will be giving a virtual author talk on Sunday, May 21, 2023, at 7 pm. The event is free and open to all. Details and registration info are here: https://www.suffrageforward.org/upcoming-events.


If you aren’t local, you can still listen to Crossroads of Rockland History by downloading the TuneIn radio app and searching for WRCR. After the broadcast, the program can be streamed on all major podcast platforms

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. Join host Clare Sheridan as we explore, celebrate, and learn about our local history, with different topics and guest speakers every month. Our recorded broadcasts are also 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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