Category Archives: Actors

I Think We Need a Bigger Bed

Elvis bought Ann-Margret a huge round bed. Why? You figure it out. The bed cost $780.00. Someone do the math. It was an exorbitant amount of money in 1963. The check for said bed is under glass at Graceland. Elvis … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Ann-Margret

Ann-Margret entertaining US troops in Vietnam, 1966 Today is Ann-Margret’s birthday. Her autobiography, Ann-Margret: My Story is wonderful. What a career. And it’s still unfolding. There are so many classic scenes. Tommy. Carnal Knowledge. Of course, too, there is the … Continue reading

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AFME: Talking with Wes Studi

One of the highlights of the Albuquerque Film and Music Experience (besides the premiere of my own film, that is) was moderating a conversation with actor Wes Studi for an audience in one of the conference halls at the Hotel … Continue reading

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“The first time I saw Sidney [Poitier] was in A Warm December, the movie I affectionately refer to as ‘Put Your Damn Shirt Back On, Sidney!'”

If you’re not aware of the ongoing series “Black Man Talk,” between two of my pals, Odie Henderson and Steven Boone, then consider yourself informed. And run, don’t walk, to read the archive. These two powerhouse-intellects and writers don’t pair … Continue reading

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In Praise of Sonia Manzano (“Maria” on Sesame Street)

My family watches Christmas Eve on Sesame Street every year (because we all are obsessed with it. That obsession shows no sign of dying out any time soon). It’s the one that ends with Cookie Monster eating Susan and Gordon’s … Continue reading

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AFME Updates: Conversation with Actor Wes Studi

I’m excited to have been asked by Ivan Wiener, executive director of the Albuquerque Film and Music Experience, to moderate a conversation with wonderful actor Wes Studi on April 23rd, at 11:00 a.m. That’s the same day, incidentally, that my … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Bette Davis

“I was thought to be ‘stuck up’. I wasn’t. I was just sure of myself. This is and always has been an unforgivable quality to the unsure.” – Bette Davis From James Baldwin’s The Devil Finds Work, an indispensable work … Continue reading

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Marlon Brando’s Wardrobe Test for Streetcar

It’s the shoes that make it. Well, and everything else, too.

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Happy Birthday, Marlon Brando: We Can Still Hear That Roar

“Sending Marlon Brando to acting class was like sending a tiger to jungle school.” – Brando’s acting teacher, Stella Adler “You can’t always be a failure. Not and survive. Van Gogh! There’s an example of what can happen when a … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Patty Duke

There are so many emotions. Her work meant so much to me growing up, and The Miracle Worker was a game-changer in terms of my child-hood understanding of acting (especially since I wanted to be one myself.) The Patty Duke … Continue reading

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