Widow to show photos of McQueen

Tacoma – The widow of actor Steve McQueen is visiting Tacoma today to herald photographs of the acting legend.

Barbara McQueen will sign copies of her book, “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile,” and show photographs at Miki Spa Salon on Tacoma’s Ruston Way.

Longtime friend Miki Keogh, who owns the salon-spa, invited McQueen to Tacoma. In addition to the book signing there will be entertainment and a McQueen-themed car and Harley-Davidson exhibit.

McQueen said she wanted the event to be more than just a book signing.

“I like rock ‘n’ roll music, classic cars and a fun atmosphere. I like meeting people, conversing with them and getting to know them personally,” McQueen said.

McQueen’s book features photographs she made of “The King of Cool” from the time the pair met in 1977 through 1980 when the actor died at age 50 from cancer. Photographs include moments from his personal life (which involved driving trucks, flying planes and riding motorcycles) as well as McQueen on the sets of his last two films, “Tom Horn” and “The Hunter.”

Barbara McQueen, a former model, met Keogh in Tacoma shortly after Steve McQueen died. Keogh said she became Barbara McQueen’s stylist and traveled to photo shoots to style McQueen’s hair while she was still modeling.

Admission to the event is free.

What: “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile,” book and photographs by Barbara McQueen

Where: Miki Spa Salon, 3102 Ruston Way, Tacoma (across from C.I. Shenanigan’s)

When: 2 to 6 p.m. today

More info: 253-752-5299; www.mikispaandsalon.com