Category Archives: Actors

R.I.P. Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers has died at the age of 81. I pay tribute to this icon over at

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Mitchell Fain Presents, Part 3: A Conversation About Joan Rivers

Mitchell and I have been discussing having another conversation about various pop culture icons. We did a two-parter a while back, and are both very happy with how it all came out. Part 1, where we discuss Justin Timberlake, Lena … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Maureen O’Hara

Maureen O’Hara was one of those “old” movie stars whom I grew up knowing about because of the yearly showing of Miracle on 34th Street on television, as well as my absolute obsession with Parent Trap. I wanted to be … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Lauren Bacall

This was the magazine cover that started it all. Howard Hawks was looking for a protege, a girl he could mold into his perfect woman who could play in those fabulous macho movies he made. His wife, “Slim” Hawks, saw … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Robin Williams

I was on my way home this morning from a screening (that had been canceled last-minute due to a problem with the print or something). I decided to swing by Caroline’s Comedy Club on Broadway and 50th on my way … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Robin Williams

He came and spoke at my school. He answered questions. He was hilarious, of course, but also forthcoming. But what was extraordinary about him in person, and what is with me right now, on this very sad day, is how … Continue reading

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Brian May on Doris Day

“Was watching a Doris Day movie out of the corner of my eye while writing, this evening. I really think Doris Day is the most wonderful lady singer in history. I spend a lot of time watching old movies out … Continue reading

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R.I.P., Elaine Stritch

“You cannot tell an audience a lie. They know it before you do; before it’s out of your mouth, they know it’s a lie.” – Elaine Stritch That quote from Stritch is the key. It is why her work is … Continue reading

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John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands and Love Streams

In a little bit over a month, John Cassavetes’ final film, Love Streams (1984), starring him and his wife/collaborator/muse/genius Gena Rowlands (who just turned 84) will finally be released on DVD, via Criterion, with a video-essay about Gena Rowlands’ acting, … Continue reading

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R.I.P., Eli Wallach

His career spanned 60 years. An inspiration to many young actors (including myself as a kid), he worked nearly until the very end. He and his wife of 66 years, Anne Jackson (married since 1948), often performed together over the … Continue reading

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