From Princess Margaret to John Wayne
As chief of the General Headquarters Secretariat, Frank McCarthy traveled extensively with Gen. George Marshall during World War II, and took a lot of notes.
McCarthy and Marshall remained friends after the war; McCarthy often visited the Marshalls in Virginia.
Marshall visited in California, where McCarthy worked for 20th Century Fox.
McCarthy donated his government and Hollywood papers as well as his Academy Award for producing Patton, best picture in 1971, to the George C. Marshall Foundation when he retired.
His papers have letters from many famous people, both in government and in entertainment.
Walt Disney was presented with the Producers Guild of America Milestone Award in 1957. The ceremony was organized by McCarthy.
There are letters of congratulations when McCarthy took a position at the State Department after the war.
Princess Margaret of Great Britain wrote a letter of gratitude for her visit with McCarthy to Page, AZ, and Lake Powell.
Legendary CBS News broadcaster Walter Cronkite was enthusiastic in his praise for Patton, and invited McCarthy to dine with him in New York City.
McCarthy obviously knew Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who worked with the General Headquarters staff before he became Supreme Allied Commander for the invasion of Europe. The two stayed in touch, and McCarthy supported Eisenhower in his run for President.
President Eisenhower invited McCarthy to functions at the White House; some big and some small, like this one:
McCarthy had friends in the movie business of course. He was close to Grace Kelly the actress, and had his own room at the palace in Monaco where he frequently visited Princess Grace and Prince Rainier.
McCarthy entertained movie stars at his home, including superstar John Wayne.
I would love to know the story behind the broken glass table!
Melissa has been at GCMF since fall 2019, and previously was an academic librarian specializing in history. She and her husband, John, have three grown children, and live in Rockbridge County with three large rescue dogs. Keep up with her @MelissasLibrary.