Proviso East Grad to Appear in New George Clooney Film, ‘Suburbicon’

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 || Local News Curator || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Karimah Westbrook at LA Fashion Week in October. | Karimah Westbrook

When George Clooney’s new film, “Suburbicon,” opens in theaters this Friday, some Proviso Township residents may see a familiar face.

Karimah Westbrook, who attended Proviso East High School, plays the mother in the first black family to integrate a fictional suburb called Suburbicon. The film is based on the true story of Daisy Meyers, who moved her family into Levittown, Pennsylvania in 1957.

Levittown, an all-white suburb, was built by William J. Levitt, who is widely considered to be the father of the modern American suburb.

During an interview with Bill Zwecker of the Chicago Sun-Times, Westbrook said that she prepared for the role by reading Meyers’ memoir, “Sticks and Stones.”


Westbrook pictured on the red carpet with actor and director George Clooney. | Karimah Westbrook/Facebook 

“I learned so much from reading her book,” said Westbrook, who has also appeared in the films “Badassss” and “Save the Last Dance.”

Westbrook told Zwecker that she got her start in acting at East and by “appearing in community theater productions and at the Circle Theater in Forest Park.”

Clooney told The Hollywood Reporter that Northerners “love to think they had nothing to do with [racism]”

“They love to wash their hands and say: ‘Actually, we were the liberals. We were against slavery and pro-civil rights.’ And the truth of the matter was much more complicated. There were a lot of problems, particularly in places like Levittown.”

“I can’t imagine how awful that had to be,” Westbrook told Zwecker of Meyers’ struggles, “living through all that, while trying to support your family and doing all the things a normal family needs to do to survive.” VFP

Read the full Sun-Times column here and learn more about Westbrook at her personal site here

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2 thoughts on “Proviso East Grad to Appear in New George Clooney Film, ‘Suburbicon’

  1. I really like articles like this, they show the beauty and potential people from Maywood have. Thanks to The Village Free Press our community is shaking off the title of the murder woodz. Young people need role models like Karimah to let them know that success can be reached with hard work and persistent. Much love to all.

    1. SISCO KID: You’re so right. Not just in the village of Maywood, but also all the Proviso Township residents. I wish Karimah Westbrook all the best with her career in the entertainment industry. I applaud The Village Free Press for covering this story, and making this local newspaper a huge success in the village of Maywood.

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