There’s an apocryphal story about the first time director Alfred Hitchcock was nominated for an Oscar (for 1940’s Rebecca). He hadn’t planned on attending the ceremony—in fact, he and wife Alma Reville spent most of that afternoon on the tennis court. Yet the Hitchcocks thought it might be a lark to show up for the… Continue reading Book Review: Seen from the Wings: Luise Rainer. My Mother, The Journey
Ah. Kentucky...home of bluegrass and mint juleps. It’s also the location of two stables that house the finest of horseflesh—one belongs to Major Peter Wingate (William H. Turner) and the other to Colonel Jefferson Girard (Josef Swickard). The offspring of these two fine Southern gentlemen—daughter Betty Girard (Marilyn Mills) and son Larry Wingate (Ralph Emerson—billed… Continue reading My old Kentucky home
In the fifth season of NBC’s Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, the comedy/variety program commemorated its 100th telecast by inviting to mingle with its regulars several of the show’s “alumni”: Judy Carne, Henry Gibson, Teresa Graves, Arte Johnson, and Jo Anne Worley. (Goldie Hawn had also been asked, but she declined.) The special also made good… Continue reading “I could show you scars that would tear your heart out…”
As an individual who admittedly has a fascination for bits of arcane movie and TV trivia, I found this passage in a new book written by New York Times bestselling author Marc Shapiro refreshingly offbeat: At one point early in the show’s existence, The Mary Tyler Moore Show was in danger of being cancelled. So… Continue reading Book Review: You’re Going to Make It After All: The Life, Times and Influence of Mary Tyler Moore
In 1988, I journeyed to the wilds of Atlanta’s Emory University as a member of Armstrong State College’s (now Armstrong State University) college bowl team; while there, my fellow team members and I lunched at a now-defunct restaurant (Anybody’s Pizza) and on our way back to Emory stopped by a record store to spend the… Continue reading Book Review: Where’s My Fortune Cookie?
In his 1959 autobiography, legendary movie director Cecil Blount DeMille wrote: “If 1,000 years from now, archaeologists happen to dig beneath the sands of Guadalupe, I hope they will not rush into print with the amazing news that Egyptian civilization, far from being confined to the Valley of the Nile, extended all the way to… Continue reading Buried Treasures (literally!): The Lost City of Cecil B. DeMille (2016)
Facebook was abuzz yesterday with the news of the death of singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse at the age of 27…and at the risk of being thought a terrible person, I’m not entirely sure I understand why this came as a surprise to so many people. Winehouse was certainly a major musical talent (though I will admit I wasn’t… Continue reading The passings parade