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“Miss Frederick watched a lot of old Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney movies. You know; the ones where Judy or Mickey would suddenly exclaim, ‘Let’s put on show!’ (Usually in a barn, or an abandoned warehouse or a theater about to be torn down.) And, of course, the little show was always a great big hit. Tanna thought, ‘If Judy and Mickey could do it, why can’t I?’ Miss Frederick’s got a lot of grit, and greasepaint is her middle name.”

“This summer Tanna will accept a distinguished alumnus award from the University of Iowa. And Tanna has saved enough money to make four indie movies, also funding fellow Hawkeye filmmakers.”