Category Archives: Actors

Substack: Various updates + Dabney Coleman

My latest – some thoughts on Dabney Coleman up on my Substack. Thanks so much for subscribing. Your support means so much.     Thank you so much for stopping by. If you like what I do, and if you … Continue reading

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“People always think of me as Maria and I think of me as Maria all the time.” –Sonia Manzano

“I realized that I was going to end up being my own role model. I became what I myself needed to see growing up as a kid, and I think I succeeded as Maria by never forgetting that there was … Continue reading

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“I like to demonstrate a sense of fun and leadership on the set when I’m there.” — Treat Williams

It’s his birthday today. His death is such a loss! In Sydney Lumet’s Making Movies, he talked about the choice to cast Treat Williams in Prince of the City: I wasn’t sure whether we were in drama or tragedy territory … Continue reading

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“What good is a character who’s always winking at the audience to let them in on the secret?” –Gene Wilder

It’s his birthday today. Where does the humor lie? Can this moment be broken down to discover its secret? Is it the eye pan to the right? Is it the delayed eyebrow raise? Is it what’s happening with his mouth? … Continue reading

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“If you have to be in a soap opera try not to get the worst role.” — Judy Garland

It’s the great, the irreplaceable, Judy Garland’s birthday. The screengrab above is from John Cassavetes’ 1963 film A Child is Waiting. This film is not really well-known, except among Cassavetes/Garland completists – but some serious Cassavetes fans don’t know about … Continue reading

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“The only gossip I’m interested in is things from the Weekly World News – ‘Woman’s bra bursts, 11 injured’. That kind of thing.” — Johnny Depp

It’s his birthday today. In recent years, he has been taken up/hijacked/ by his personal problems and his terrible misguided marriage and subsequent trial. Before, he was taken up with gargantuan franchises, etc., and some of the clarity of his … Continue reading

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“I was smart enough to go through any door that opened.” — Joan Rivers

It’s her birthday today. A couple of days before Joan Rivers died, when there was still some hope she would pull through, I thought it would be a great opportunity to talk about this legend with someone who loves her, … Continue reading

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Tennessee and Elvis in Arty Magazine

Last names not necessary in both cases. I am psyched to have a piece in the Spring/Summer issue of the long-running Arty zine, run by Cathy Lomax. This issue is devoted to all things Tennessee Williams. I wrote about Elvis. … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Dean Martin

From Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams, by Nick Tosches. Getting to the heart of it all. His schoolmates had never really known him. Even his loving family could not tell for sure what lay within this … Continue reading

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“I’m not interested in money. I just want to be wonderful.” – Marilyn Monroe

It’s her birthday. Marilyn Monroe: People had a habit of looking at me as if I were some kind of mirror instead of a person. They didn’t see me, they saw their own lewd thoughts, then they white-masked themselves by … Continue reading

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