An Evening With Mary Wilson

Dec 04, 2019

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019
LBJ Auditorium
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On Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, Mary Wilson, a founding member of The Supremes, joined us to celebrate our special exhibition, Motown: The Sound of Young America, and her latest book, Supreme Glamour. The conversation was moderated by Judy Maggio, Editorial Director - Austin PBS KLRU. Following the program, attendees enjoyed a festive cocktail reception with Ms. Wilson.

About Mary Wilson

Ms. Wilson is an original member of The Supremes as well as a best-selling author, motivational speaker, businesswoman, former U.S. Cultural Ambassador, wife, mother, and grandmother. This fall, she joined the cast of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

As an original member of The Supremes, Ms. Wilson achieved an unprecedented 12 No. 1 hits, five of which were consecutive from 1964 to 1965. In 2018, Billboard celebrated The Supremes’ 60th anniversary with a list of The Hot 100’s Top Artists of All Time, where the group was ranked at No. 16 and still remain the No. 1 female recording group of all time.

An irresistible force of social and cultural change, Berry Gordy's legendary Motown Records made its mark not just on the music industry, but society at large, with a sound that has become one of the most significant musical accomplishments and stunning success stories of the 20th century. The music of The Supremes and other Motown artists communicated and brought together a racially divided country and segregated society, touching people of all ages and race around the world.

Listen to Mary Wilson’s biggest Motown hits on Spotify or Apple Music.

About the Book

As Motown’s leading act in the 1960s, The Supremes became synonymous with glamorous, elegant, coordinated ensembles. Supreme Glamour presents Mary Wilson’s unparalleled collection, showcasing 32 of the group's most eye-catching gowns.

Supreme Glamour Book Cover

In addition to the fashion history of The Supremes, the book chronicles the evolution of the group and celebrates the cultural icons they became. Packed with anecdotes and insights, Ms. Wilson tells the complete story of The Supremes, both on and off stage, from their founding in Detroit in 1959 as The Primettes to their 1964 breakthrough hit, Where Did Our Love Go, and from the departure of Diana Ross to The Supremes' disco hits of the 1970s. Supreme Glamour builds a complete picture of the charm, sophistication, and magic of The Supremes.

The Evening With speaker series is generously sponsored by St. David's HealthCare and the Moody Foundation.

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