Beverly Oliver remains a controversial figure for Kennedy assassination researchers. Inconsistencies in her story over the years have raised questions whether she really was a witness to the Kennedy assassination. For example, she has said her camera was an experimental, Super 8mm camera loaned to her by a boyfriend who was employed by Kodak. But industry records show there were no such cameras in 1963 because no camera or film standards had yet been decided upon. The Super 8 film format first appeared in 1965.
She appeared under the stage name Shirley Boyd in the late-1965 film Hot Blooded Woman. - Gary Mack, Curator
Since coming forward as a Dealey Plaza eyewitness, Beverly Oliver has appeared on a number of television programs and documentaries, including The Men Who Killed Kennedy (1988). In Oliver Stone's 1991 film JFK, she is portrayed by actress Lolita Davidovich. Oliver is credited as a technical advisor on the Stone film and was present in Dealey Plaza for some of the on-location filming.
With co-author Coke Buchanan, Beverly Oliver published her autobiography, Nightmare in Dallas, in 1994. To this day, she continues to be an active part of the unofficial Dealey Plaza memorial ceremony to President Kennedy each year on the annual assassination anniversary. Leading up to a moment of silence at 12:30PM, Oliver speaks and performs hymns such as "Amazing Grace." - Stephen Fagin, Associate Curator