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  1. Garland gave one of the all-time GREAT performances in "Star..." The proof's in the pudding. Try sitting through " The Country Girl" today. It's not bad-but very static. I love Kelly as a great beauty and film star , but this was like put-on-some glasses and a sweater and give me an Oscar. Kelly also won the NYfilm critics' awad that year-I guess for Dial, Rear and Country.

    Jean Hagan and Thelma Ritter DEFINITELY deserved Oscars as did Lansbury for Manchurian. And Lauren Bacall should have won instead of Genvieve Bujold. And Jodie Foster for Taxi Driver instead of Beatrice Straight. What were they thinking? But I guess every so often they get it right!!-like Geraldine Page in " A Trip to Bountiful."


  2. Let's see:

    Some Like It Hot...The Miracle of Morgan's Creek...Born Yesterday...Unfaithfully Yours('48)...A Night at the Opera...Duck Soup...The Apartment...The Major and the Minor...It Happened One Night...Adam's Rib...


  3. I also think that Vincente Minnelli should have directed Fair Lady. I love George Cukor's work. However I think Minnelli would have been perfect for this film.I do love both films. But on a purely filmic level-visually-absolutely stunning-I'd give the edge to Gigi.


  4. Thanks for writing this!! The "wonderful" Olson (sp) twins got their star BEFORE the truly wonderful Patty Duke!! Absolutely insane ! Ithink Paris Hilton will be next if she doesn't have one already!

    The great Mr. Warden lived in my building in NYC. What a truly wonderful actor AND man. He was never to busy to talk to everyone and anyone. When my dad met him in the elevator, he couldn't remember his name. Instead of brushing my father off, Mr Warden accepted my dad's praise graciously and even kindly tokd him his name. "Warden" he said!

    God rest his soul. Walk of Fame or not, he'll never be forgotten!


  5. You're TOTALLY correct. To make matters worse, the true classic stars had a LOT of competition. When THEY won Oscars, they had to compete with major talents!! And, in all fairness, the classic stars under the studio system had a nurturing place where they could make mistakes. The old cliche holds true. The proof IS in the pudding. Just see how many of today's so-called classic films and stars are still considered classics five or ten years from now.

    Unfortunately, it's also true our standards have DRASTICALLY lowered in the past five to ten years. Our attention span is also non-existent. So we get exactly what we deserve, Stupid stories, barely talented "stars" and pretty awful films. Having said that , there are STILL enough talented people and good films out there to give me some hope. We just need a lot more! End of rant.


  6. Hi Mark!

    Doris Day WAS Nellie Forbush. Josh Logan was upset, according to what he wrote in his bio, when Doris wouldn't sing at a party as a sort of "audition." Audition!? She was a MAJOR star and it was obvious from the get-go that she was PERFECT for Nellie. An absolute cryin' shame. She would have elevated " South Pacific " to a wonderful film instead of the so-so treavelogue that it is... It would also have helped if Logan hadn't directed the film. but that's another story...


  7. Doris Day is among my all-time favorites!. She is still underrated, basically because she could do it all and make it look so easy. Plus she was a knockout. That didn't hurt, either. My wonderful partner, John and I had occasion to stay at her hotel in Carmel, California several years ago. An absolutely beautiful place and totally pet friendly, as you might expect. Around the bar were posters of her films and the hotel itself had a warm inviting feeling just as you'd expect from an establishment owned by Ms. Day.

    I wrote her a card with a picture of a boy and his dog on the front. I asked the manager to forward it to her. He said she was usually around and that she was definitely hands on concerning the hotel. Unfortunately, she wasn't around while we were there. Less than a week later back in NYC, I got a beautiful note from Ms. Day stating she was sorry she'd missed us and thanking us for stayng at her hotel!! The last sentence read "... loved your card, by the way!" I framed that card with a still from " Jumbo" and I proudly show it off to everyone. Ms. Day was and IS one of our greatest stars. If you haven't seen some of her lesser known films, search them out! She was a NATURALLY brilliant actress-no "acting" there! She DEFINITELY should have been nominated for "Love Me Or Leave Me" and "The Man Who Knew Too Much." Class all the way!


  8. Hepburn-Long Day's Journey

    Finch-Network

    Leigh-Streetcar

    Garland-star is Born

    Hutton-Annie get your Gun

    Olivier-Carrie

    Holliday-Born Yesterday

    Remick and Lemmon-Days of Wine and Roses

    Page-Trip to Bountiful

    Harris-Member of the Wedding

    Booth-Come Back, Little Sheba

    Fontaine-Letter From An Unknown Woman

    Monroe-Bus Stop

    Hepburn-The Nun's Story

    Kerr-The King and I

    Russell-His Girl Friday

    Stewart-Vertigo

    Grant

    North by Northwest

    Taylor-Suddenly, Last Summe

    Garson Random Harvest

    Davis-Now,Voyager

    DeHavilland-The Heiress

    Bergman-Autumn Sonata

    Brando-Streetcar

    Bogart-The Caine Mutiny

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