McQueen’s Last Years Shown in Exhibit

mcq3lThis spring a photography exhibition featuring the works of Barbara McQueen will be on display at the Chandler Center for the Arts.

Steve McQueen: The Last Mile, is composed of about 30 prints sampling an intimate glimpse into McQueen’s world near the end of his life. McQueen had taken a step back from Hollywood before his untimely death from cancer at age 50.

“These pictures show a private side of a very private man,” said Marshall Terrill, a Valley resident who helped co-write the book, Steve McQueen the Last Mile, which features about 150 private photos of the actor. “This was a guy who always had a sort of inner struggle and these pictures show him at peace.”

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Barbara was his third wife and documented this pop culture icon enjoying some of the actor’s more simple pleasures, such as hitting the open road in his vintage pick-up truck, driving 700 miles to pick up a rare World War I motorcycle and drinking a beer. She has had exhibitions everywhere from London to San Francisco, although Chandler will be her last stop.

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The exhibition will be on display March 6- April 11 at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave.

Video of the Book

Though both a ladies’ man and a man’s man, Steve McQueen was first and foremost a gearhead. He performed many of his own driving stunts. He raced across American deserts and European road courses on two wheels and four. He had the balls to pilot the terrifying Porsche 917 flat out down the Mulsanne straight and ride a Triumph through Paris traffic.

He made movies best remembered for their wild car chases, mad motorcycle dashes, and hair-raising races, but no one forgets the man at the wheel–Steve McQueen, the King of Cool. No other Hollywood star has been so closely linked with cars and bikes.

A Racer that Acts or an Actor that Races... McQueen

A Racer that Acts or an Actor that Races... McQueen

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~ by scooterleathers on December 20, 2008.

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