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Our Members Tributes to Robert Osborne (1932-2017)


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#1 cody1949

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Posted Today, 09:52 AM

Robert was like an old friend. I am handicapped too with spinal stenosis. I had Scoliosis as a child and it seemed like it would not escalate after I was out of my teens. Just a few years ago my spine was collapsing and I had the first surgery in 2011, Since that time I have had 2 more surgeries, but have not regained my posture. I am awkward, even with the walker! But I am lucky to have a hubby who brings me to appointments and does a lot. I always looked forward to seeing Robert on TCM. He brightened my day considerably. I think he will long be revered and remembered as a great host who really loved hosting TCM's great films. THough he can never be replaced, he has inspired countless people to continue on the path of great viewing, and even some younger movie fans.

      Well said my friend MCannady1.  Take care of yourself and regards to your dedicated husband.  We will all miss Robert and what he has contributed to our enjoyment of the cinema over the years.



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Posted Today, 09:29 AM

I was wondering why they didn't have more of the Private Screenings this past weekend instead of repeating the same 5 or so all weekend. There must have been a reason.

 

Beats me. I thought the same. Also wonder why TCM doesnt sell copies of Private Screenings? Maybe they'd have to pay the performers?



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Posted Yesterday, 09:20 PM

I loved the Alec Baldwin interview with R.O. I recorded and watched part of it the first time, but missed some stuff (the DVR went bad and I lost everything stored on it) He really had movie star looks when he was younger. I loved watching the Betty Hutton interview again. I know that was his favorite and it really rescued her from obscurity. I wish they'd show the Private Screenings more and dont really understand why they dont.

I was wondering why they didn't have more of the Private Screenings this past weekend instead of repeating the same 5 or so all weekend. There must have been a reason.


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#4 MCannady1

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Posted Yesterday, 02:59 PM

Robert Osborne's passing is like losing an old friend.  We here in Detroit had Bill Kennedy and Rita Bell to host movies so I was into old movies when I was very young and when I found TCM and RO I was thrilled.  I am handicapped, walking can be quite difficult at times, and watching TCM and R.O.it really helped brightened my day.  It would be nice if TCM took some of the films he introduced and re-run them when that film is scheduled to be shown.  In a small way, it would be as if he was still there.


Robert was like an old friend. I am handicapped too with spinal stenosis. I had Scoliosis as a child and it seemed like it would not escalate after I was out of my teens. Just a few years ago my spine was collapsing and I had the first surgery in 2011, Since that time I have had 2 more surgeries, but have not regained my posture. I am awkward, even with the walker! But I am lucky to have a hubby who brings me to appointments and does a lot. I always looked forward to seeing Robert on TCM. He brightened my day considerably. I think he will long be revered and remembered as a great host who really loved hosting TCM's great films. THough he can never be replaced, he has inspired countless people to continue on the path of great viewing, and even some younger movie fans.

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Posted Yesterday, 02:48 PM

This morning I woke to TCM's Tribute to Roberts Osborne. During the night, I  had dreamed I was sobbing because he was gone, and I missed him terribly. I was walking down a cobblestone sidewalk, and I saw his 3 apartments (all on ground level and in an L-shape), and I thought I  saw him in a window. I ran in looking for him, only to realize it was just a painting of him hanging on the opposite wall of the window. I felt so let down, until these two gentleman, whom I did not recognize, walked in. One asked me why I was so dispirited, and I told him, "He was my idol. I never got to meet him and get to know him, and now I'll never have the chance".
 
He reached for a book from the shelves holding all of Robert Osborne's vast collection, opened it, and pulled out four seed packets, and handed them to me, saying, "Sow these seeds and you will know everything you  ever needed to know about him".
 
The first seed packet was "Kindness", the second packet was "Integrity",  the third was "Grace Through Humility", and the fourth was "Humor". 
 
I asked this gentleman, "Where do I plant the seeds?"
 
His reply was, "Everywhere".


 
Yeah, Robert Osborne in seed form to be planted "everywhere".
 
Thanks for the memories, Mr. Osborne. Thanks for letting us in. Even if it was only virtually, we did know the person you truly were from the seeds you planted in everyone's life....even ours.


What a lovely dream and so true! Robert Osborne was the embodiment of all those virtues and would have been as wonderful person to know.
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Posted Yesterday, 02:22 PM

I loved the Alec Baldwin interview with R.O. I recorded and watched part of it the first time, but missed some stuff (the DVR went bad and I lost everything stored on it) He really had movie star looks when he was younger. I loved watching the Betty Hutton interview again. I know that was his favorite and it really rescued her from obscurity. I wish they'd show the Private Screenings more and dont really understand why they dont.


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 08:00 PM

In case any of you have the "on demand" option on your cable, many of the "Private Screenings" that they shared this weekend are available, including the one where Baldwin interviewed Osborne.

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 07:23 PM

I feel the same way as many of you about Robert Osborne:  shocked but not surprised at his passing away.  Considering his TCM schedule the last few years, obviously he wasn't in the best of health.  It's a bit funny, and odd, but you feel like you get to know a person to a small degree when you see them on T.V. for years.  Not a character on a show, but just a person who shares the same interests as TCM viewers.  

 

RO was the image of TCM.  Whether it was viewers who enjoy TCM films because it reminds them of movies when they were growing up, casual fans or serious film buffs, or like myself someone who grew up decades past old school Hollywood....it doesn't matter.  RO appealed to all types.

 

TCM won't be quite the same without Robert Osborne, and it shouldn't be.  But just like the "old" films that fans enjoy watching here go on year after year long after the people involved are gone...so will TCM.  Personally, I like Ben.  He's been, unofficially anyways, the lead host the last few years.  He is different than RO, and that's good, he has his own style.  I also like Tiffany.  Or they may keep to the host - by - committee approach going, guests hosting some days along with Ben and Tiffany.  Alec Baldwin, Rose McGowan, Drew Barrymore, and a few others i've liked in the past.  We'll see.

 

Cheers to RO.



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Posted 20 March 2017 - 11:17 AM

Some folks make it clear they want their professional and personal lives kept separate. I applaud that. I actually wish I knew less about a lot of famous people! ;)

 

Amen!   Much less :wacko:


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 09:28 AM

I am so glad that since I got my first DVD recorder back in June 2007 I've been recording all of Robert's interviews and wrap arounds, particularly when he had guest programmers or special guests from various film archives. I've got some even older ones on VHS tape, but due to the bulky size of that format my recording was more sporadic back then.  This morning I pulled out the "March of Time" shorts TCM aired  in 2010, and there was Bob doing the intros. It's comforting.


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 08:23 AM

Robert was loved by so many, yet in all the tributes and the Private Screening with Alec Baldwin there hasn't been any mention of one significant other in Robert's life.  I assume Robert never married and correct me if I'm wrong.  Respecting his privacy in that regard I can accept but I just can't imagine how a lovely man not to have had someone like this in his life.  Even if he were gay it wouldn't have mattered no one would have cared and who could the lucky person be? They're not telling us.  There are many people who choose to be celibate and they aren't necessarily clergy. If that's the path Robert chose so be it.  His "significant" other is the movies and us his fans who loved him very much as if he had.

He did eventually come out, but it's not TCM's role to hammer home that fact.


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 06:05 AM

Robert was loved by so many, yet in all the tributes and the Private Screening with Alec Baldwin there hasn't been any mention of one significant other in Robert's life.  I assume Robert never married and correct me if I'm wrong.  Respecting his privacy in that regard I can accept but I just can't imagine how a lovely man not to have had someone like this in his life.  Even if he were gay it wouldn't have mattered no one would have cared and who could the lucky person be? They're not telling us.  There are many people who choose to be celibate and they aren't necessarily clergy. If that's the path Robert chose so be it.  His "significant" other is the movies and us his fans who loved him very much as if he had.

Some folks make it clear they want their professional and personal lives kept separate. I applaud that. I actually wish I knew less about a lot of famous people! ;)


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 07:14 PM

Robert was loved by so many, yet in all the tributes and the Private Screening with Alec Baldwin there hasn't been any mention of one significant other in Robert's life.  I assume Robert never married and correct me if I'm wrong.  Respecting his privacy in that regard I can accept but I just can't imagine how a lovely man not to have had someone like this in his life.  Even if he were gay it wouldn't have mattered no one would have cared and who could the lucky person be? They're not telling us.  There are many people who choose to be celibate and they aren't necessarily clergy. If that's the path Robert chose so be it.  His "significant" other is the movies and us his fans who loved him very much as if he had.


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 04:23 PM

Many of these I am seeing for the first time in their entirety. I've seen parts of all of them through the years, but not one single episode from start to finish. I think it would be a great idea to continue to show these. Maybe they can couple them with a film with one of their stars, such as airing The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and immediately afterward showing the Debbie Reynolds Private Screening.


That sounds like a wonderful idea! I know I'd watch! These are really great and insightful interviews, and they should really be shown more often.

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 11:48 AM

Robert Osborne's passing is like losing an old friend.  We here in Detroit had Bill Kennedy and Rita Bell to host movies so I was into old movies when I was very young and when I found TCM and RO I was thrilled.  I am handicapped, walking can be quite difficult at times, and watching TCM and R.O.it really helped brightened my day.  It would be nice if TCM took some of the films he introduced and re-run them when that film is scheduled to be shown.  In a small way, it would be as if he was still there.


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 09:23 AM

I've loved spending the day with Robert, one last time. All of the Private Screening's have been fascinating and really show what an amazing interviewer Robert was-- you can see just how much these stars trusted him and adored him. 

 

Many of these I am seeing for the first time in their entirety. I've seen parts of all of them through the years, but not one single episode from start to finish. I think it would be a great idea to continue to show these. Maybe they can couple them with a film with one of their stars, such as airing The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and immediately afterward showing the Debbie Reynolds Private Screening.


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 07:24 AM

I've really been enjoying (again) watching these interviews. The "Private Screening" with RO + Alec Baldwin has some hilarious moments, including their disagreements over "Mutiny on the Bounty [1962]" + Liz Taylor. Also loved seeing all those old clips of RO's acting career. Those old clips, the late 40s + 50s of Eva Marie Saint are also gems (especially the one with Jack Lemmon). Plus loving re-watching such interesting interviews with Jewison, Borgnine (must have previously missed that he'd married Katy Jurado), Hutton et al. The love of their craft certainly comes through.

My answers that match RO's of dramatic film, "A Place in the Sun," + leading man, William Holden, just strike that film lover's chord in my soul. Seeing the interviews again brings back buried memories of watching these films during my formative years. And they remind me of the breadth of talent these artists demonstrated.

 

There were some nice original short subjects sprinkled in.…William Windom revealing that Margaret Hamilton was his primary grade school teacher at Rye Country Day. 

 

In retrospect, perhaps the TCM network anticipated an unexpected end to RO's run. And that in part is why they might've pulled out all the stops for a 20th anniversary celebration, flying in RO's family and bringing together old friends (Alex, Alec LOL [Trebek, Baldwin respectively]) and guest programmers. Yes, Mr. Robert Osborne will be greatly missed. But as a number of folks on these boards have posted, he'll be back in the company of many adored + respected friends who shared his love of the industry. May he Rest In Peace.


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 04:38 AM

I've loved spending the day with Robert, one last time. All of the Private Screening's have been fascinating and really show what an amazing interviewer Robert was-- you can see just how much these stars trusted him and adored him. It's still hard to believe he's gone. As much as I've loved this tribute to him, it's so very sad to know that this is, essentially, goodbye. But he'll always live on in what he taught us, and I know I'll never forget this great man.

I especially loved seeing his 20th Anniversary Tribute, the part with Alec Baldwin was great! The blooper reel was a big treat-- it was hilarious! I loved seeing Robert let his hair down and seeing his marvelous sense of humor. He must've been a blast to be around!
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Posted 19 March 2017 - 03:18 AM

I'm really loving the Private Screenings with Ernie Borgnine. I think I saw it when it was on a few years back, but Ernie is a great interview. What a character. And Ernie was 92 when he did this interview in 2009. Still sharp as a tack and full of energy. He died 3 years later at age 95.


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Posted 18 March 2017 - 10:25 PM

There IS something admirable about the love and affection one bestows upon a movie. However,if his favorite movie happened to be CAN'T STOP THE MUSIC, I might have to reassess that credo.


I can agree up to a point. I am glad that Robert Osborne loved The Razor's Edge like me. It is in my top ten films. However, I respect your favorites too.. Over the years I came to love and respect many of Robert's favorites like Sunset Boulevard. ... Regarding The Razor's Edge; though I like Elsa Lanchester's performances as a rule, it was not for her singing that I love the film. She did display an act of kindness in letting Larry and his friend take the coveted invitation to Elliott, who was dying. The profound acting of Tyrone Power's great sincerity in his role of Larry Darrell, Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb, and Anne Baxter. All delivered a superb performance to me, as well as the fabulous musical track. I do like Flamingo Road too and countless other great 40's films that Robert Osborne introduced us to.
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