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“I think you can do your article by thinking about the film for yourself. I’m not the writer. I have already done the film—so now it’s your work.” – Director Chantal Akerman

The outpouring of loss in response to the death of Belgian experimental and influential (so influential that I think it will be a generation before we really can get a handle on it) has been intense and personal. People feel … Continue reading

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“I feel I am an actress. I feel I have talent.” – Rita Hayworth

Wonderful 1967 interview with Rita Hayworth, on Gilda, the old star system, and being stereo-typed. Hayworth was grateful for what Gilda did for her (she became the biggest star in the world – and she was alREADY beloved by American … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Chantal Akerman

The news of the death of pioneering Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman, came as a shock this morning. Even worse, it is being reported as a suicide (although I’ve read different reports), which, if true, is just heart-breaking and awful. Akerman … Continue reading

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Barbara Meek, Part 2: Patsy Rodenburg’s Lecture “Why I Do Theatre”

Please watch. It’s so important. Acting teacher Patsy Rodenburg gives one of the most extraordinary explanations from any artist about why they do what they do, why they put up with the bullshit, what they are really after in such … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Barbara Meek

Growing up in Rhode Island, the Tony-Award-winning regional theatre Trinity Repertory Company, located in Providence, was an engrained part of my childhood. I saw productions there every year. Every year they put on a production of A Christmas Carol, with … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Buster Keaton!

Coming out of the family tradition of vaudeville, Keaton performed with his parents as a small boy (already showing a great gift for acrobatics and pratfalls) before launching off on his own. Getting into movies was not a natural leap … Continue reading

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Throwback: A Photoshoot Turned Dark

A long time ago, in Chicago, working as an actress, I saw a friend’s head shots and really liked the photographer’s unique style. So I made an appointment with the photographer. He worked out of one of the huge warehouses … Continue reading

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The Books: The Young Rebecca: Writings of Rebecca West 1911-17; “American Women: Their Work as Reformers: Women’s Work in Municipalities by Mary Ritter Beard ”

On the essays shelf (yes, there are still more books to excerpt in my vast library. I can’t seem to stop this excerpts-from-my-library project. I started it in 2006!) NEXT BOOK: The Young Rebecca: Writings of Rebecca West, 1911-17 Along … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Groucho Marx

Here’s Groucho Marx’s letterhead. One of Groucho Marx’s letters to Peter Lorre, having to do with Ulysses that makes me so happy. Peter Lorre, sending Groucho a book explaining James Joyce’s Ulysses?? This makes me feel that the world is … Continue reading

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Survivor’s Remorse: Great Interview with Mike O’Malley

aka … cousin Mike. Mike appeared on Morning Joe to talk about Survivor’s Remorse, now picked up for its third season. My brother’s on the writing staff. Very excited for everyone, very proud of everyone. This is a wonderful interview.

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