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, a former managing editor for Western Shooting Horse Magazine and the chief purveyor of ScarletMask Enterprises.