When the sun goes down, the stingers come out, as Joan Crawford stars in the 1955 classic melodrama, Queen Bee. Described at the time by The New York Times as “the height of mellifluous meanness and frank insincerity," Crawford plays the unhappy wife of a wealthy mill tycoon, who takes pleasure in manipulating everyone around her. The histrionics of this campy classic are sure to inspire laughter and fun across the lawn.
Help set the scene by coming in character or entering our elaborate picnic competition. New this year, a sneak preview of the exhibition Living Artfully: At Home with Marjorie Merriweather Post, opening to the public on June 8, precedes the movie.
- 6:30-8:15 pm Picnic in grand style on the Lunar Lawn, and tour the Mansion , Gardens, and special exhibition Living Artfully: At Home with Marjorie Merriweather Post
- 8 pm Best Picnic Spread Competition Judging
- 8:15-10 pm Film Screening: Queen Bee
Tickets may be purchased at Hillwood on June 8, or in advance online or by calling 202.686.5807. Please note that tickets to this program are non-refundable.
This program is made possible by the generous support of the Dina Merrill Film Program.
Enjoy classic cinema, short films, and documentaries in the magnificent surroundings of Hillwood’s estate.
Marjorie Post enjoyed entertaining guests with screenings of first-run films in her Pavilion. Her tradition of entertaining through film continues at Hillwood through the generous support of her youngest daughter, Hollywood actress Dina Merrill.
Annual screenings include:
- Family Movie Night
- Divas Outdoors: Classic Films Under The Stars