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#61 SueSueApplegate

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 12:35 AM

> {quote:title=movieman1957 wrote:}{quote}What a treat. It sounds like a great time. I'm glad you got to go. I know that spending time with Christy is a real joy too.
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> How nice to find Helen Mirren's star. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you, movieman1957. I feel the same way about you! :)

And spending time with butterscotchgreer was also a delight!

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 10:17 AM

What a treat. It sounds like a great time. I'm glad you got to go. I know that spending time with Christy is a real joy too.

How nice to find Helen Mirren's star. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 06:48 PM


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You definitely were on a mission before we left the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel lobby...

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Mission accomplished!

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 05:21 PM

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{font:Calibri}I probably got back to my hotel around 2 in the morning, I don’t remember exactly, because I had been up since 4:30 Texas time. I don’t even know how I woke up at 7 that next morning. I guess it was sheer excitement that I woke up still in Hollywood and realized it wasn’t just a dream. Whatever it was, it made me not miss My Fair Lady, which was showing at 9AM. {font}

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{font:Calibri}So I ironed my green Annie Miller reproduction dress and put on some matching mint green heels and ran to the nearest Starbucks in the middle of the shortcut to Hollywood Blvd to get a White Peppermint Hot Chocolate and a piece of fruit. As I exited the door of Starbucks I just had to look up to see that Audrey Hepburn’s face was staring straight at me from the El Capitan Theater. It gave me such a warm and fuzzy feeling! Well that’s not exactly something you see every day! I just thought I would point that out. Heehee!{font}


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{font:Calibri}Ben Mankiewicz introduced Theodore Bikel for the discussion before My Fair Lady started and he was very lively. He told us that he had played the lead in Fiddler on the Roof on stage over 2200 times, which just happens to be more than any other person. He is 89 now and the last time he played the full show was two years ago. That completely amazed me!! Talk about passion! I love seeing people so passionate about the things they love most. He said that the only reason he was the one at the discussion for MFL was that he was the only living cast member left. Heehee! Poor baby! He was a little cutie! There was actually a man in the audience that Ben pointed out, who was a dancer in quite a few of the musical numbers. So that was really cool! {font}

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{font:Calibri}I had seen MFL on the big screen before at the Paramount Theater in Austin, but the screen seemed even bigger in the El Capitan and the colors seemed brighter. It was so loverly! I did leave a little bit early before the end of the film, but before you get all upset with me, it was because I REALLY wanted to see The Narrow Margin…So it was a good cause! Honest! I got kind of lost trying to find the Egyptian Theater, though. I must have walked 2 miles in the opposite direction until one of the TCM staffers saw me with a pass and a confused look on my face, stopped me and guided me to it. Such a nice man he was! I need to learn directions! :D Jacqueline White was there to chat and she was the cutest thing! I got to meet her outside the theater after it was over and her disposition was so entrancing. Right after the screening was over was about the time when I had to switch to flat from the heels. How disappointing, isn't it? {font}

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{font:Calibri}Christy (Sue Sue) walked down to the Pig N’ Whistle for some lunch, but I couldn’t eat very much, because I was so excited! Wouldn't you know it?! Helen Mirren's star was right in front of the restaurant. Just what I was looking for!! AAHHH!! Finally I had found it! {font}


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{font:Calibri}I could just picture Dana Andrews sitting at a nearby table eating with Gene Tierney and other great actors there in my head. I was totally daydreaming the whole time, yet still had the loverliest girl chat. It felt so lady-like! I was told that there is a piano on the bottom floor of the restaurant, but we didn’t get to see it. Christy said she wanted to play something. What fun that would have been. I’m surely she would have been done marvelously!{font}

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{font:Calibri}We reached Club TCM, just inside the Roosevelt, to see the showing of those glorious Hollywood Home Movies! There we sat with Lynn and a few more people. I really enjoyed this part of the day! The first ones they showed were with Marlene Dietrich and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Even when not on set, they looked absolutely stunning and glowing with perfection. How sad is that? No one gets dressed up just to go wandering around the country-side anymore. I thought the one clip with Alfred Hitchcock riding a small bike in circles with a silly grin on his face was the best part of it all. That truly said it all. Heehee! {font}

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{font:Calibri}The screening of On the Town was next. I was super excited for this event the whole day long as I had the perfect outfit to go. :D This particular film, I had not seen on the big screen and I must say that it was worth the wait in line. I just sank in my seat with the cheesiest grin; I’m sure, as soon as I heard that first line sung. “I feel like I’m not out of bed…..yet.” It is one of the greatest musicals ever made and the excitement from the pictures just jumped out of the screen and filled me with goose bumps. I could have jumped up right there and started singing and dancing along with them. Though, I am glad I didn’t. Heehee! {font}

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 09:11 AM

Sue Sue,

*I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your adventures, and reliving all the fun of Day 1.*
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*You are just as bubbly and lively as Ann Miller in this number from *On The Town!

Thank you dahling! I was soooo hoping to sort of channel Annie Miller on the night they were playing On the Town with my green dress! It's so pathetic that I have that film memorized. Heehee!

Hi Jack-in-the-box!

*Teasing and curling hair for two hours?! Women! Always teasing! :P*

Hey! A girl's got to do what a girl's got to do! If i didn't, my hair would look too normal. Now, that's no fun! :P :P

*I really enjoyed your recap of your first day at the festival, Sweet T. What a full day it was!*

There's something wrong here...you're being too sweet. What's the catch?! :D

*I think it's wonderful you were able to meet up with other members on this board.*

They are everything I thought and more! So incredibly sweet and friendly.

*And green is definitely your color!*

You're just full of compliments today! what did I do to deserve that? Heehee!
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*I will be posting Day 2 later today! Stay tuned beautiful people!
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Posted 14 May 2013 - 07:31 PM

Teasing and curling hair for two hours?! Women! Always teasing! :P

I really enjoyed your recap of your first day at the festival, Sweet T. What a full day it was!

I think it's wonderful you were able to meet up with other members on this board.

Your interview with Ben was tremendous.

And green is definitely your color!

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 10:31 PM

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your adventures, and reliving all the fun of Day 1.
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Posted 13 May 2013 - 08:52 PM

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{font:Calibri}I had never been to Los Angeles before in my life. I have been to San Francisco to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, several times in fact. I had also been to San Diego at 14 years old for a summer road trip with my parents. So Hollywood was a brand new experience for me and I was SOOOOO looking forward to this and being a small part of the TCM Classic Film Festival all by myself. It is such a dream, come true for me! Heehee!{font}


{font:Calibri}My plane landed at the LAX Airport and I had to admit that I get lost EVERYWHERE I go. My sense of direction went out the window as a baby, probably, so I wandered around the airport trying to follow arrow signs to the outside. When I finally found my way to the sunlight, I stood on the curb, waiting for a Taxi and felt like a glamorous New Yorker or something! Oh fun!! We don’t really use that many Taxis in Austin! Everyone has their own car for Pete’s sake. :D {font}



{font:Calibri}The ride was a long one to the Roosevelt, but my Taxi driver must have been thinking, “Oh great! Another tourist, “because all I could focus on were the palm trees and the Hollywood sign (squealing with excitement) and all the screenings and…breakfast. Oh was I hungry after being awake since 4:30am! {font}


{font:Calibri}All of us at breakfast! From left to right: Lynn, Stephanie(TCM), Paula, Sheryl, Me and Theresa. Sue Sue was taking the picture!{font}



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{font:Calibri}When I arrived at the Roosevelt Hotel, I wandered into the lobby and found a GORGEOUS woman in the cutest hat standing there looking around. It was Ms. SueSueApplegate of course!! We sort of squealed loudly at meeting each other for the first time and drew a bit of attention, but hey, we’re allowed once in a while, because we’re girls!! Heehee! Then Ms. M.A. (TCM staff) ran into me and called out my name. I turned around and wondered who knew my name! I hadn’t met anyone else yet! It was so weird, because she recognized me from sending my videos to her to edit for TCM airing, but I had no clue what she looked like. So another girl moment happened…{font}




{font:Calibri}At breakfast in the 25 Degrees restaurant, Lzcutter (Lynn), Countessdelave (Paula), and cinemaven (Theresa) all showed their beautiful faces and we all chatted like we had always known each other. It was absolutely fabulous!!! I think Lynn already described the fun we had in her absolutely wonderful “seen and heard on the blvd of dreams” thread, so I won’t dive into that. {font}


{font:Calibri}After a fun breakfast full of movie chat, I wandered into the lobby again to meet M.A. They had told me that I was going to be interviewed, but I had no idea who was going to interview me. Then M.A. pops up from behind me and says, “Theresa!! Just to let you know, Ben Mankiewicz is going to interview you……SURPRISE!!” It was a surprise all right! A very loverly surprise - my cheeks got pink really fast! The TCM staff took me behind the curtain where they were filming and were so kindest people. They make it so easy to be comfortable and were making me laugh a lot. I guess that’s not too hard to do anyway. Heehee! I still can’t believe I said I used to have a crush on him…on the camera. I’m such a dork. :P But he did kiss me on the cheek afterwards! {font}



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{font:Calibri}If you look in the background of the interview during the video, the pretty lady in the hat with a peach scarf wrapped around it is Ms. Sue Sue!{font}


{font:Calibri}The first TCM Panel where the staff got to talk about everything and answer questions was really special as Lynn already pointed out! After that, I walked to my hotel, which was the Hilton Garden Inn to primp for my first red carpet! Yay! Luckily for me, it is only like 9/10 of a mile, so the walk wasn’t so bad. I actually ended up never taking a cab anywhere and walked from and to my hotel every day. How perfect! New adventures with walks in the pretty weather! I’ll tell you what! Hollywood weather is really pretty and tame compared to Austin, Texas! {font}


{font:Calibri}After teasing and curling my hair for two hours, I walked to Grauman’s Chinese Theater in 3 ½ inch high heels, which was interesting and fun. I learned that you really shouldn’t walk down hlywd blvd in a floor length gown with high heels on, because every single person you pass will stop you and ask if you are a celebrity. WEIRD! {font}


{font:Calibri}On the red carpet I walked past the bleachers and saw Ms. Cinemaven with a video camera watching all the pretty dresses. I think next year, she should wear one of those pretty dresses! I also walked by Eva Marie Saint and had a small chat with her. She is such a lady! I told her that she looked pretty in her gown and she smiled sweetly back at me. Apparently Kate Beckinsale showed up right toward the end of the red carpet, so that was cool! It was most special to me to see Funny Girl on the big screen! That is a movie I hold dear to my heart and could really relate to as a little girl. My parents weren’t ever big fans of the film and wouldn’t let me watch it so much, so I would wait until they were asleep and get up around midnight just to watch it. I would tiptoe and be so quiet and lay really close to the speakers to hear the movie. I did that every other night for a couple years. Heehee! So I was a dedicated little thing! {font}


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{font:Calibri}Of course Cher made her appearance before the film started and chatted with Robert Osborne about her guest programming and how they never stopped talking even when the cameras stopped rolling. I thought that was cool! She also talked about watching classic films with her mother as a little girl. So adorable! I LOVE CHER!! But I have to say that I was really disappointed when Barbra didn’t show up. I was SOOO hoping to see her there. I probably would have ended up on the floor at some point if she had shown up anyway, so that was most likely a good thing. Heehee! :D But William Wyler’s daughter did come up on stage and read a letter written by Babs about the filming of Funny Girl and her relationship with William Wyler – how they really connected. I couldn’t breathe the whole time she was reading the letter!{font}



{font:Calibri}On the way to the Vanity Fair party I made a new friend on the shuttle from Canada! I love how there were so many people there from countries all around the world! So exciting to make new friends! When at the after party, I met up with Sue Sue, Sam, Sheryl, and CountessDeLave. I even got to have a chat with Max Von Sydow and Ann Jeffreys there! Ben Mankiewicz found me and we had a loooooong chat about everything; family and friends and life in general. I found it so refreshing how open and warm-hearted he was. But throughout the entire festival, he somehow found me everywhere and always checked to see how I was. He wanted to know if I was having fun and so on. What a sweetheart! Someone else who also did that was the President of TCM, Jeff Gregor. Every time he saw me, he said hi and asked if I needed anything. I don’t think I have ever met so many people who truly care and always have the best attitude, then at the festival. I hope they and everyone else I met never lose that attribute! {font}



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{font:Calibri}Lulu did a fantastic job as the party’s main entertainer and looked even more beautiful if I do say so! Throughout the night they had burlesque-ish dancers come out, which I thought was awkward at first. They also had a professional tap dancer come out and a live band play some upbeat standards and swing music! It was so awesome! I just wanted to break out with swing dancing! But the thing with swing dancing is that you need a partner who knows how to swing also…that might have put a glitch in my plan. Heehee! It was just like a Hollywood party from the 40’s or the 50’s! What I had always dreamed! The only thing that was missing was a piano and a Gershwin playing with Judy Garland singing!....and Greer Garson beside me with a pretty dress on too, naturally! {font}



{font:Calibri}Paula is her gorgeous Adrian-esque gown, and Christy in her Asian ensemble! they wowed the crowd major big time! You can see Sam in the back enjoying himself too. :D Christy's friend, Rose, is the one displaying the bunny ears. heehee! So funny! Can't you see that we were having fun!? {font}



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