Category Archives: Actors

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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Sidney Lumet on Gena Rowlands

Gena Rowlands in “Opening Night” “The highest compliment I can pay to her–to anyone–is that the talent frightens me, making me aware of the lack of it in so many and the power that accrues to those who have it … Continue reading

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Raquel Welch and Cher

Just because. Does one really need a reason to revel in something as amazing as this?

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“I’m almost not crazy now.” – Gena Rowlands, Love Streams

It was Gena Rowlands’ 84th birthday on June 19. I was looking online for a trailer of Love Streams (1984), and there was one made although the film was never really properly distributed. But I did find a beautiful trailer … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Errol Flynn

“He had a way of making a simple walk down a country lane into a Grand Adventure.” — Patricia Flynn, on her husband Errol’s acting ability. And, just for fun, check out three great stories from Dean Stockwell about Errol … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Ruby Dee

I was waiting for this, and here it is. My good pal Odie Henderson, and fellow contributor, who helped moderate the QA with Spike Lee at Ebertfest following the screening of Do the Right Thing (in which, of course, … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Ruby Dee

Pioneering actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee has passed away at the age of 91. The New York Daily News has a comprehensive obituary detailing the sheer scope of this woman’s life, she who was working almost right up … Continue reading

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“She has a large family … about 20. At last count.” – Gena Rowlands on Angelina Jolie

Gena Rowlands’ introduction speech to Angelina Jolie’s receiving of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 2013 Governors Awards. Jolie was one of three recipients, and unfortunately, they separated out these awards from the actual Oscar ceremony, a mistake, I … Continue reading

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