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What Harry Dean Stanton means to Lexington

Learn about the legacy of the “Paris, Texas” actor and how he’s impacted Lexington.

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Harry Dean Stanton with Michelle Phillips, actress + former Mamas and the Papas singer, at the 2014 festival. | Photo courtesy of Harry Dean Stanton Festival

Harry Dean Stanton, a native of Irvine, is known for his roles in iconic films such as “Pretty in Pink,” and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” Around these parts, he’s treasured as one of Hollywood’s greatest underrated performers.

As the Harry Dean Stanton Festival enters its 11th year, Lucy Jones, founder of the festival, spoke with us about the life + impact of the UK alum.

“One aspect of the festival that we particularly enjoy is the opportunity to bring Harry’s collaborators to Kentucky to discuss their work,” Lucy said. “This year, we are hosting Sean Young, who worked with both Harry + our other Kentucky honoree, Warren Oates, during the 1980s.”

The Harry Dean Stanton Festival runs from Friday, July 14 through Sunday, July 16 at various venues around Lexington, including the Kentucky Theatre and Farish Theatre. Head to the website to buy tickets, learn about all the events, and connect with fellow cinephiles.

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