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About Jamie

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  1. I'm 22 and I am convinced that I was born at the wrong time. I watch TCM so much that if every other channel went off the air, I'd hardly even notice. I drive my friends crazy and they always tell me that I should have been born back in the earlier part of the 20th Century. (In fact, just the other day my professor had asked the class if anyone had seen All About Eve. Of course, I was the only one to raise my hand...and mind you, this is a THEATRE MAJORS class!!) Just goes to show how limited we classic movie lovers are!! Some of my fave actors include: Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Judy Garland, June Allyson, Gloria Swanson, William Holden, Gene Kelly, Van Heflin, Robert Walker I am unfortunately not on the boards as much as I used to be, but I look forward to speaking with all my TCM dahlings on the boards in the near future!
  2. In no particular order... Citizen Kane Sunset Boulevard House on Haunted Hill (Vincent Price) A Star is Born Mildred Pierce Shindler's List All About Eve Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte Now, Voyager Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
  3. Oh my goodness, I have been away from these boards for far too long--long enough to re-register again!! I am currently in my last year at Bridgewater State and I have a show coming up--Theatre on the Edge--which will be performed this weekend. It is a collection of ten one-act plays and I have been very busy in rehearsals and such. So, hello again, dahlings, I've missed you all. See you on the boards!!
  4. What is the parody that Carol does? I still haven't seen that one. I stil have to see the GWTW one and the Mildred Pierce spoofs.
  5. Oh, I am!! Thanks so much for asking, Mr. Demille!!
  6. Anyone here in love with Sunset Boulevard?? I am!! And consider this my grand entrance back onto the boards! I've missed my fellow TCMers!! (Today is my 22nd birthday!!!)
  7. When I was reading a book on Lucille Ball and flipping through the photo section of backstage pics the book had of I Love Lucy, I discovered that my uncle looks exactly like--actually, the SPLITTING IMAGE of Robert (Bob) Asher!!! I shared it with him and my aunt and my family and everyone agreed. I thought that was cool and very weird when I came across it. I also was in a play just a few months ago with a girl whose eyes looked exactly like Joan Crawford's. I told her and of course I added, "It's a good thing!" and she appreciated the compliment. My step-father looks like the Sprint guy. I've been told a look a little like Elizabeth Montgomery and Faye Dunaway--during her Bonnie and Clyde years. But, not recently.
  8. Donald O'Connor never fails to make me chuckle in his "Make Em Laugh" scene in Singin in the Rain. Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn together in Bringing Up Baby, especially the "I just turned GAY all of a sudden!!" Judy Garland has her moments, too. Especially poking fun by singing "Vhen I Looooock at You..." in Presenting Lily Mars. The Marx Bros: "Any closer and I'd be behind you!" and "No, no. That was a typo. 'passed out', not 'passed away'. Well, here I am! Where's my lovely wife?" ~~~ But to put it as a more general post: Lucille Ball, Donald O'Connor, Red Skelton, Judy Garland, and the Marx Bros. top the list every single time.
  9. Twinktab-- I don't think it could have been put more bluntly or truthfully. In fact, just last night a friend and I were on the road and she was asking me if I had seen "such-n-such" a film and "such-n-such another film" and I began to explain basically what you just stated now in this thread. Then I concluded my rant to her with, "Look, if it isn't in black and white, I don't watch it." And I think I made my point to her.
  10. I am so very glad someone else is noticing, too! ~~~ In my opinion, today's stars are losing theirlooks along with theirsanity. I also think that they just simply "Don't Give a Damn" anymore about anything--what movies boost their careers, family ties, etc. etc. It is really, to put it bluntly, quite sad. That's why I thank TCM for still showing actors who still"Give a Damn."
  11. True, but you made a good point so I thank you.
  12. Again...I am flattered. ~~~ The most recent role I was in was an ensemble part in Big Love. Actually, the roles of all the women (very heavy women-based show)were as equally important as the leads, another thing I learned through my training here at school. The play is based a Greek Tragedy in which these 50 sisters (there were really only 15 of us for the stage) have arranged marriages to their cousins (it gets worse) and the group of women that I was in, hated men and wanted, for the most part nothing to do with them. The other two groups of women characteristic of being "prissy", "spoiled", very vain, etc. etc. Not that one group was better than the other, but for the stage, that's how each character group was defined. So, in the end, it my group of women who decide to kill all these men on our wedding day and we successfuuly do, along with the rest of our sisters, although we have to live as spinsters for what we did, etc. etc. and get a good "whipping" by the people whose house we have killed all these men. Only one sister does not kill her new husband, and runs off with him to a life neither of them know anymore. That's the general jist of it. I really liked that role. And as an actor, I try to find a sort of "outlet" for my emotions. For example, we had a ton of fight choreography--punching, slapping, kicking, hair-pulls, quarterstaff, you name it! A good catfight! At one part of the show, I, although I find it humourous now, thought of the movie Mommie Dearestand saw Faye Dunaway's angry, "No more Wire Hangers!!!" face in my mind and I just had at it and let it all show in my face that I was **** off and ready to fight. I don't think I shared this with my other co-actors, but sometimes I would get a raised eyebrow because I would have that line in dark marker written into my script to remind me to get really **** off at the world at that point. I also just stood strong and walked around like I was butch. As you could see, the main emotion here was anger and aggression from all of us. But, that was just one role and I was emotionally, physically exhausted by the end of it all. Actors have to put so much into what they are doing it is like a huge exhale when the role is done. Not saying that it is a "burden", just a lot of work. ~~~ I think my favorite role was the one I played in a student directed scene here at Bridgewater State. The scene was called "Bug"--also the name of my character--and she loses her policeman husband to a shooting. We acted out the "memorial service" part of it and let me tell you, that was an emotional roller coaster ride! I, unfortunately, cannot "turn something on" RIGHT THEN AND THERE unless I am a character. Like if you asked me to cry right now, I would be able to act it, but may not be able to produce tears right away. But like one of my acting professors always says, you should never "stop" rehearsing. You should always work on it, whether lying in bed at night, or in the shower, or at the gym, in the car, wherever, and that's what I've been doing. Another thing I learned: crying is so much more easier than laughing when acting. I still have that worksheet from high school and I look at it all the time! (it gives you certain exercises to do, such as "laugh while saying this line...keeping it audible" or "cry like a little child" or "cry like you were beside your spouse's deathbed", etc. etc. Some things are easier than others! But anyway... Fortunately for me, the actor who played my (dead) husband has incredible talent and makes me laugh and cry easily. So, come the scene, I was basically all set. But the hardest thing is, acting the part and being the part has to be clearly distinquished, otherwise actors will have a confused sense of reality...very similar to Method Acting and another thing I learned from one of my professors. But don't let Method and regular acting deter what you think of both of these methods; all acting is generally the same mental preparation as any other part. ~~~ I was in 1-2 musicals when I was younger. However, me personally, I like straight acting for the emotional range it demands of its player. I like feeling angry and sad and upset at things in the script. I like getting settled into a mindset of a character and slowly sliding out of it when it is all over. I don't know about mentality, but physically it's like that cool breeze you've been waiting for to "let go". ~~~ And yesss, I am guilty of waiting to hit it big. I know in my heart of hearts I deserve to give it to this life I am living now. And, besides, I was told my relatives that I would be the first in family history making it as an entertainer. But, I believe in perseverence and being in the "right place at the right time" and--most definitely--with the "right people". I also believe that if you want something bad enough, you'll get it. And like I had said before, theatre is theatre and I will try my best at everything. I already know I prefer the stage rather than costumes and prop pieces and lighting. I like design, I would do it, but I don't want to make my career behind the stage. I want "on" it. ~~~ I always enjoy making an audience laugh. I can be dramatic and straight and I guess my "homebase" hasn't been quite discovered. In a summer theatre program at Massasoit, we did "The History of Radio and Television", ranging from reading scripts from radio shows in the 40s to The X-Files. One of my favorite parts was doing I Love Lucy's Vitameatavegamin episode and, you guessed it, I played Lucy. Oh, how the audience was hysterical! Only I half-heard it because as far as I was concerned, I couldn't "see" the audience beyond the edge of the stage. And how I watched that episode over and over and over again to get every facial reaction right. And, judging from the response I got, I succeeded. Granted, I am just an aspiring actress and ppl. now don't stop me on the street to say, "Say! That's...!!!" but it was just one role I was glad to do. And I have Lucille Ball to thank because she was the one that got me into all of this acting nonsense! ~~~ So, after all that rambling, I hope I have answered your questions. Method Acting as opposed to "regualar" acting really doesn't have a distinct line separating the two. I guess "method" is just more "feel real". Stanislavski depended its actors on "emotional recall" and bringing back painful or joyful memories to assist in the emotion that actor is experiencing. One is not better than the other, so don't let that influence how you look at certain actors. All actors have their own set of guidelines and outlets and range and whatnot. ~~~ Well! I hope I haven't bored you and I hope I was of some help. Granted, I don't have all the answers, but from experience and training, that is what I come to know. It's alot easier to do than say. See you on the boards!
  13. Well, I must say I am very much appreciative of your asking these questions to lil ole me. Anyway, I believe, though I would have to get back to you on this, Method Acting consists of actually living the part and not only acting, but feeling the character as well. I'm sure you've heard of Stanislavski's work on Acting in general and I think he had a lot to do with Method Actors. I've read a decent amount of autobiographies on actors such as Judy Garland, June Allyson, Robert Walker, and Joan Crawford to get a sort of "feel" for what acting was like for them, but in al honesty, this is just an observed overview of my past work as an actor. ~~~ I had initially wanted to pursue stage acting, but the further I go in my Major, the more I want to look into the screen part of it. However, I see theatre as theatre--no matter how you say it--so whatever comes along, I'll take. I have done my share of "backstage" work, but acting interests me more. And besides, as dramatic and emotional as I can be, I would have more personal success as a performer. ~~~ Thanks so much for asking! I am flattered! Give me your address and I will send you my autograph! (That is, grab it while you can!) hehe. No, no, I'm just kidding. See you on the boards!
  14. Well that puts a new spin on things.... Why and who decided that that would be a good choice for a TCM "intro"?
  15. Thanks, T. As a theatre major, it seems like such a ridiclous question to ask, but I just wanted to be sure. All I know is while reading Faye Dunaway's book and she commented on her work in Chinatown. According to the "My sister!! My daughter!!" scene, Faye had wanted Jack Nicholson to really slap her in order for her facial reactions to work. I was recently in a play called Big Love and we actors did tons and tons of fight choreography. Which, on the stage or camera, would be awesome to rehearse if choreographed, but painfully sore if it were real. And the fighting we choregraphed was brutal to say the least. Thanks for the input and see you on the boards!
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