Everett died in March 2012, at age 90. An unwavering force in Southern California racing from 1972-1991 when she served as director, then CEO, of Hollywood Park, Everett established a notable legacy, and this feature offers an in-depth look at an undeniable strong personality that shaped Hollywood Park's fortunes for many years.
A pioneer for women in horseracing, Everett was instrumental in Hollywood Park's hosting of the first-ever Breeders' Cup in 1984, and her tenure was marked by fostering strong relationships with horsemen, who appreciated her vision and love for the sport. Everett also catered to many larger-than-life Hollywood elite, including Ronald and Nancy Reagan, Jimmy Stewart, Elizabeth Taylor, Cary Grant, John Forsythe, and many others.
Her first foray into a major racing position came in 1960 when she inherited control of Arlington Park and Washington Park in Chicago, upon her father's death.
However, Everett's combative and brusque manner was not appreciated in many circles, including executives at other tracks, and her own employees. Additionally, her dealings with Illinois Governor Otto Kerner, Jr. in the late 1960's were cited as contributing to his downfall.
The documentary offers a balanced portrayal of the life and career of the successful and legendary, but always controversial, Everett.
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