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Mary Alice Fontenot (1999)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Eunice, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1999-08-27

Duration: 00:25:46

Subjects: Fontenot, Mary Alice | Authors | Children's books | Clovis Crawfish (Fictitious character) | Cajun French dialect | Biographers | Keyes, Frances Parkinson, 1885-1970 | DOUCET, D.J. "CAT" (SHERIFF) | Jeanmard, Jules B., 1879-1957 | Writing | Catholic Church


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • Fowler, Ken Producer
  • Fontenot, Mary Alice Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from August 27, 1999, features an interview with Mary Alice Fontenot conducted by Gus Weill. Fontenot, a native of Eunice, is the author of the Clovis Crawfish children’s book series. She discusses: growing up in Eunice; writing book reviews for local papers; the importance of libraries; performing research for author Francis Parkinson Keyes and her book “Blue Camellia”; her job as a kindergarten teacher; teaching the kids French; creating the character of Clovis the Crawfish; her determination to include French words in the Clovis series; her biography of the controversial St. Landry Parish Sheriff D.J. “Cat” Doucet; collaborating with Kathleen Toups on a biography of Bishop Jules B. Jeanmard, the first Bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette; and her love of writing.