Rockwell Paints for Stagecoach

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In 1966, legendary American artist Norman Rockwell was hired for a special job—painting a series of portraits for a remake of the classic Western Stagecoach, starring Ann-Margret, Bing Crosby, Van Heflin, and Slim Pickens.

Each character was given a fairly humorous portrayal in the Rockwell artworks, which were then shown at the end of the movie. He also painted a large, eight-foot promotional mural of the set that included an Indian attack on the stagecoach.  To cap things off, Rockwell had a bit role as a townsman.

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Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.