The legendary Oklahoma aviatrix

How a Chickasaw girl named Pearl soared into history and onto the silver screen.



Once upon a time, there was a girl named Pearl, who lived in the town of Marlow, Okla., near the Chisholm Trail. Pearl was a Chickasaw Indian, born in 1915. She was bright, curious and strong-willed. She liked going to see Will Rogers movies at the local picture show.

Pearl was adventuresome by nature; she learned to drive a car at age 11. And then one day, in the late 1920s, the famed aviator Wiley Post landed his plane in a field near Marlow. He and Pearl met, and then became friends — eventually, Pearl Carter Scott would become the youngest person ever to fly solo (at the age of 12) and then the youngest licensed pilot in America. She was performing as a barnstormer — and working as a commercial pilot, whose private-plane clients were often business hotshots and oil barons — by age 14.

Sounds like a storybook account or the stuff of fiction, right?

Actually, it’s true. And it’s the gist of a new feature film, “Pearl,” produced by the Chickasaw Nation and based (at least in part) on a 2007 biography entitled “Never Give Up: The Life of Pearl Carter Scott” by Dr. Paul Lambert.

Set between the years 1920 and 1932, “Pearl” was shot at various locations all over the state and was directed by King Hollis, a longtime veteran of the Dallas indie film scene who’s worked on scores of narrative films, commercials and music projects over the years.

The cast of “Pearl” features actors from across Oklahoma and across the country. The Chickasaw Nation also provided many of the cast members, eight of them with speaking roles. And a good 200 or so “locals,” many of them Chickasaw citizens, serve as extras.

The film’s title character is played by Elijah DeJesus, a teen actor who’s been seen on ABC’s “Ugly Betty” and who’s now making her on-screen debut in a lead role. Andrew Sensenig, who plays Pearl’s father, has appeared in the TV series “Burn Notice” and “Prison Break.” And Tom Huston Orr, who plays Wiley Post in the film, is the director of the University of Oklahoma School of Drama.

The real “Pearl” died in 2005, but her son Bill Scott, a resident of Boyce, appears in the picture as one of the aforesaid extras. Recently, he told an interviewer how much he enjoyed being on the set and talking with the cast.

“We started telling stories,” Scott said. “And they were thirsting for this information (about her).”

Not surprisingly, he’s something of an authority on the life and career of his famous-flier mom. And he’s justly proud of her. He also seems proud of “Pearl” the movie, adding: “The casting is phenomenal.”

After marrying and having children, Pearl Carter Scott retired from the cockpit. She raised her kids and then, in the 1970s, became one of the first community health representatives for the Chickasaw Nation. Later, in 1983, she was the first woman elected to the Chickasaw Nation Tribal Legislature.

Ms. Scott was inducted into the Oklahoma Aviation and Space Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame that same year. She was a charter member of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

“Pearl,” the new film that dramatically documents the early, honest-to-goodness-amazing years of this woman’s life, was first screened for public audiences at the AFI Dallas International Film Festival in March. An invitation-only “Oklahoma Premiere” of the film will happen in late July or early August at the Warren Theater in Moore.

The Chickasaw Nation hopes to show “Pearl” regularly at the Chickasaw Cultural Center, located in Sulphur — and a Tulsa screening (at a theater TBA) also is planned for later this year, tentatively in August.

Scott Gregory hosts “All This Jazz” on Public Radio 89.5 KWGS, where he also serves as the producer and editor of “Studio Tulsa.”

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Go into the woods and experience the return of this fantastic family production with performances in both Tulsa and Broken Arrow. Tulsa Ballet's Hardesty Family Foundation Children's...

Cost: $15

Where:
Studio K (Tulsa) and Zarrow Studio (Broken Arrow(
1212 E 45th Place
Tulsa, OK  74105
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Sponsor: Tulsa Ballet
Telephone: 918-749-6006
Contact Name: Dan
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Abersons presents Pink Ribbon -- an exclusive, high-fashion fundraiser featuring a runway show by one of the world's hottest designers. Cocktails 6 p.m. | Dinner & Live Auction 7...

Cost: $1,250

Where:
Southern Hills Country Club
2636 E. 61st St.
Tulsa, OK  74136
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Sponsor: Abersons
Telephone: 918-834-7200
Contact Name: Scarlet Henley
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Folk Salad Radio Show celebrates its 20th anniversary with a potluck meal followed by a concert featuring Grammy-nominated singer songwriter John Fullbright and several other Tulsa musicians on...

Cost: $35

Where:
The Stone Church
4225 W. Fifth St.
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Folk Salad Radio Show
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Join us for Nimrod Write Night, the opening event of our Nimrod Conference for Readers and Writers weekend, on Friday, October 18th, at the Tulsa Historical Society, 6:30 p.m. Write Night is...

Cost: free

Where:
Tulsa Historical Society
2445 S. Peoria Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Sponsor: Nimrod Journal
Telephone: 918-631-3080
Contact Name: Cassidy McCants
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Originally from West Africa, Kizomba is a partner dance that is a sexy addition to any Latin dance party. It is the fastest Latin growing dance in the U.S. Come and learn the basics plus a few more...

Cost: 109

Where:
THE DANCE PLACE
3310 WEST 42ND PLACE
TULSA, OK  74107
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Telephone: 918-813-6514
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Flashes of vivid colors, laughter, dancers whirling around keeping pace with the energetic music, more laughter……this is what you will experience at Guthrie Green this Saturday,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Guthrie Green
111 East M.B. Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: SAPAF
Telephone: 918-665-6419
Contact Name: Mohan Kelkar
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Tulsa in Harmony is a congregation of community choirs, lending their voices in one accord. They sing of their hopes and their faith and aspirations of a more unified community and a more unified...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gathering Place
2650 S. John Williams Way E.
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Where:
ONEOK Field
201 N Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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