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“The Exorcist” at 50: The True Story

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

6:00 pm EDT - 7:00 pm EDT

Live Streamed

Catholic Information Center

1501 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States


This year marks the 50th anniversary of the New York Times best-selling novel The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty. The novel and subsequent movie sparked a cultural sensation that is still relevant five decades later. Join our panel as they explore the true story that inspired it, discuss the legacy of the novel and film, and provide a unique glimpse into the world of angels and demons.

This event is hosted in-person and online for free and open to the public. A light reception will follow the event. Registration is required.

About The Exorcist:

The Exorcist is a 1971 horror novel by American writer William Peter Blatty. The book details the demonic possession of eleven-year-old Regan MacNeil, the daughter of a famous actress, and the two priests who attempt to exorcise the demon. Published by Harper & Row, the novel was the basis of a highly successful film adaptation released two years later, whose screenplay was also written and produced by Blatty, and part of The Exorcist franchise.

The novel was inspired by a 1949 case of demonic possession and exorcism that Blatty heard about while he was a student in the class of 1950 at Georgetown University.[1] As a result, the novel takes place in Washington, D.C., near the campus of Georgetown University. In September 2011, the novel was reprinted by Harper Collins to celebrate its fortieth anniversary, with slight revisions made by Blatty as well as interior title artwork by Jeremy Caniglia.

About the Speakers

Julie Blatty was married to the New York Times best-selling author and Academy Award winning screenwriter, William Peter Blatty. She is now a trained lay spiritual director within the Catholic Church and a popular speaker on many topics of faith.

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Alice LaCour, a graduate of Yale Law School, is a criminal prosecutor who handles a wide range of cases from violent crimes to white collar crimes. Alice is a former Leonine Fellow. She and her husband spend all their free time chasing their two young sons.

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