A man and woman — white, in their late-twenties — circle each other in the woman’s apartment. Her name is Cynthia; she and the man, John, are having an affair. “They’re just tapes he makes so he can sit around and get off,” she tells John. Cynthia is talking about Graham, John’s estranged friend from… Continue reading Horner and His Friends
On John Barrymore and Twentieth Century.
A centennial tribute.
On the history of Anne Bancroft’s definitive role in William Gibson’s Two for the Seesaw, the nuances of becoming a character, and the importance of being seen.
How Born Yesterday informs American myth-making and the genius of Judy Holliday.
What does it mean to save the tiger? Scale your hurt and loss with things you can help, knowing that somewhere out there, you’ve done something that matters. Or is it the promise that you’ve done something that matters that supersedes the results? *** The first time Jack Lemmon won an Oscar was for his… Continue reading Grief and Jack Lemmon
Cloris Leachman’s professional career, spanning decades across film and television, is memorable for the time she spent as vital company to some of the greatest landmarks of both mediums. She passed away today at the age of 94, which leaves the impression of a life well-lived and treasured by many. She has been such a… Continue reading In Remembrance: Cloris Leachman
— with the help of 1961 fashions Fort Lauderdale News (Fort Lauderdale, Florida); 30 Apr. 1961; pg. 134. Author: Sweeton Wood Neither of Anne Bancroft’s roles in Two for the Seesaw or The Miracle Worker gave anyone a chance to see her as the glamorous female she is–5’7″ in her stocking feet, with measurements that… Continue reading Anne Bancroft Revisits the ‘20s (Fort Lauderdale News, April 1961)
Oakland Tribune (Oakland, California); 6 May 1963; pg. 40. Author: Theresa Loeb Cone NEW YORK–Anne Bancroft, who received her Academy Award as “Best Actress” last month by proxy, continues to star in the Broadway staging of Bertold Brecht’s Mother Courage, the production which kept her in New York during the Oscar hoopla. Although Brecht, Germany’s… Continue reading “Mother Courage” Scores High With Anne Bancroft (Oakland Tribune, May 1963)
The Mercury (Pottstown, Pennsylvania); 4 Apr. 1963; pg. 4. Author: Dorothy Kilgallen. “You’ll never view a more inspired performance than that offered by Anne Bancroft in Mother Courage and Her Children—rank her now with Helen Hayes, Katharine Cornell and Judith Anderson—she belongs with the greats. I wish I could say Bertold Brecht’s heavy, wobbly message… Continue reading Excerpt from “The Voice of Broadway” (The Mercury, April 1963)