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Dearest Countess, Bronxie, and King,


Thank you for all the kind words!


Bronxie, that post-Mardi Gras find in the byways behind Bourbon St. were a treasure trove of great antiques and gently used fashion finds...I was so lucky Mom knew where to "prowl" for purchase.. I still have her antique Drexel dining set found on one of those forays from those wonderful, halcyon days when they threw real glass beads from the floats....


Countess, to be in the company of such a wonderful lady for some of our TCM 2011 experiences...a joy! And what a wonderful intro you made with RO! Likewise for Ms. Tracy! :)


Kingrat, your stalwart confidence and kind words to me only highlight your other wonderful abilities (like making missed discussion panels and film screenings revive in graphic technicolor).

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Jackie, thanks for all your insight and inspiration!!


Maven, you were perfectly petite and adorable. I noticed nothing undone, untied, or untoward in your personal attire! (Yes, I know modesty is a virtue!) I will never forget the look of sheer incredulity in your eyes when you spotted Marge Champion! (It was one of my favorite moments from the TCM Film Fest 2011, and I was so happy I was there to see it!)


She was so sweet to you! :)


BTW, Jackie and Mave, you know what happens when others encourage me...just like sweet Betsy...more of the same coming down the pike!

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I'm looking to acquire a wardrobe suitable and chic for a Cote D'Azur springtime holiday, preferably May of next year. I'm 5'6", curvy, a size 12 working on getting back down to a 6. Dark haired and fair-skinned. I'm convinced you can come up with something fabulous for me.

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Teacher. Yeah, okay.


BUT writer...talent agent...fashion writer...fashion consultant...I see a number of careers opening up for you, Madame Applegate.


Seeing & meeting Marge Champion to end my trip, my god...unbelievable. She is a legend.

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The very first person I met at the Vanity Fair party was sweet Margaret O'Brien, pictured here with Jane Powell and Dickie Moore. She looks lovely, and her little black dress with the puffy sleeves and emerald-cut neckline was the perfect showcase for her jewelry suite, the big spangly earrings and pendant were divine. Powell and Moore were also very gracious to all fan passholders, and posed for several more private photos, as did O'Brien. Mark Hill, the party photographer, was everywhere snapping away, and he is a nice young man with a great eye for composition and lighting. I was about 20 feet from the camera when he snapped the photo inserted at the beginning of this report. These two lovely ladies are so petite, and definitely some of the favorites at the VFP.


As I walked through the entrance to the party, it was obvious that the one-level venue for the Vanity Fair fete was much more spacious and inviting than it seemed to be in 2010, and that was a wonderful party, too, but the air didn't circulate as well as it did in the Kodak building, and perusal was much more difficult last year due to the crush of suits and velvet inching towards a favorite celeb sighting. VIP areas in 2011 were centered in large sectional sofa areas with plenty of room to circulate and spot favorite film personalities who had obviously been persuaded to exit their "swankiendas" for a night of fun, film, and foie gras....


Jane Withers, Anne Jeffries, and Ann Rutherford are seen in one of those VIP areas with a young man who was keeping them company. Jeffries' puffy, ruffled collar and waterfall earrings made a lovely frame for such a photogenic face, the original Tess Trueheart. It seems Ann Rutherford and Anne Jeffries are great friends who often travel to parties togethers, and enjoy dressing in the same sartorial shades...



Here the girls are in one of my favorite shades of peach... :)


I was able to sit and chat with Jane Withers, who really is a ball of fire. She and I compared cocktail rings and she enjoyed my large-carat aquamarine dinner ring encircled with small brilliant cut stones. I asked her if she wanted to try it on, and then she started telling me about her cocktail ring that had graduated tiers of gold topped with a huge bevy of individually mounted diamonds. Each golden tier of the mounting, she related, represented an important event in her life, and she went on to discuss how proud she was of all of her grandchildren.


A fun gal, and a ten on the SCHMOOZE list...


Just as I finished chatting up Ms. Withers, Anne Jeffries and Ann Rutherford were getting ready to leave, but I heard Ann Rutherford finish her conversation about *Gone With The Wind* and say "Thank God we had a good print of that film." So I would surmise Ms. Rutherford is indeed interested in the important work of all film preservationists.


More later...

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During the Vanity Fair party, I was lucky enough to meet Tippi Hedren and a few of her crew who help her with her organization, the Shambala Preserve presented by the Roar Foundation, and she spoke a little about its mission and asks all interested parties to visit the organization website: http://www.shambala.org/about_tippihedren.htm


The Official Roar Foundation supports The Shambala Preserve and shares its mission:

To educate the public about exotic animals and to advocate for legislation to protect them.

To provide sanctuary for exotic animals who have suffered from gross mistreatment and neglect so they can regain their physical and mental health and live out their lives in dignity.


Ms. Hedren shook hands with me and introduced me to two young ladies who help with her foundation also introduced me to director Richard Rush (Stunt Man) and his wife. who were very gracious.


Here's a photo of Rush(foreground) with Steve Railsback as they discuss The Stuntman at the 2010 TCM Festival.


Here's a photo of Ms. Hedren with her daughter Melanie Griffith from the Stella Adler awards in 2002 that I like...



During the party, I knew Priscilla Presley was in the crowd somewhere, but I never had a chance to visit with her because she left rather early. Fortunately, she was a popular Photo-Opper..


With Mary Ann Mobley...



With Chris Isaak, shortly before my photo op with him. He is so nice, he gave me a huge hug kind of like the one he gave Priscilla...only better....

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That sounds like it was so much fun, Jackie!


Well, after that big hug from Chris Isaak, I moved on around to the patio area where there were lots of comfy sofas and chairs and dressy folks were sipping on wine and happily ensconced while waiters came by with beverages or somethingsyummy on a platter.


Out on the veranda was lovely Patricia Ward Kelly, Gene's widow, and she was happily chatting away with Countess De Lave, a passholder and poster at TCM City. Ms. Kelly, and author and speaker based in Los Angeles, met Gene while she was a writer on a television project involving the Smithsonian, and he hired her to write his memoirs. They were married in 1990. Kelly is lively, engaged, and possesses a great schmooze factor. She told several of us while we were standing at attention and basking in her presence that Gene thought a woman should wear something around her neck like a scarf, or other adornment, and it is obvious from her demeanor that she still reveres his memory. She is working on memoirs of her own concerning her life with Gene Kelly.




What an adorable outfit! She is just as cute and perky as she appears in this photo!

Go to this link to read more about her: http://patriciawardkelly.com/


More coming up later about Peter O'Toole, George Chakiris, Ron Perlman, Leslie Caron, Robert Osborne, Peter Ford, and Ed Faulkner...

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Thank you, Miss Maven, for the kudos....I just love to talk to people, and there were some very nice folks at the TCM Film Fest this year, as well as last year. And we all had one interest in common--we enjoy classic film, and we enjoy visiting with others who feel the same way... :)

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Lovers of the limelight, unite!


When I bumped into Ed Faulkner, whom I'd met at last year's Vanitiy Fair party, it was another friendly face from filmdom. As an actor, he's appeared in several iconic John Wayne films, and is an affable, fun fellow, with a high schmooze factor. There were so many passholders at the party who wanted to meet him, so I kept him busy with some introductions.


Ed and Peter Ford are great pals, and had traveled together to the Vanity Fair soiree, and Ed introduced me to Peter, who is also a cutie!


But hands off, ladies! They are both married to great gals!


We were all laughing, telling stories out of class and context, enjoying the snacks and bevs shuttled by suited servers, and generally enjoying the ambiance of the lovely Kodak building where the elite were well feted for the meet. I had so much fun chatting up these cowboys....Countess De Lave and I enjoyed their company for quite a while... :)


Peter Ford is currently involved in a book tour to promote the biography of his father, Glenn Ford, and has been travelling around the country doing film industry interviews and imparting his personal reflections about his famous father.


To read more about Peter Ford, and Glenn Ford: A Life, visit the following link:



To read more about Ed Faulkner, visit his website: http://www.edwardfaulkneractor.com/page/page/6678896.htm

Here's a link with Ed Faulkner speaking about John Wayne:

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Well its about time I found this thread.....SERIOUSLY SueSue, I am floored by your experiences. I can't believe you got to meet the loverly Janey Powell and Margaret O' Brien! They were some of my favorites growing up. Anyhow, I just love reading about all your travels, so please keep it up, girlie. You are AMAZING!


Gee, its too bad somebody couldn't come visit me when they were down here...I won't mention any names, but I thought I would throw that out there. Heehee! ;)

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Even though I met Margaret O'Brien, I didn't actually officially meet Jane Powell or Dickie Moore, but I did wave and smile at them before I took a photo. They were so very gracious. Hope you weren't mislead by the info in the column...


Thank you so much for your encouraging words, butterscotch! You have a PM awaiting your perusal :) ...

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I just caught that about Jane Powell...I had just skimmed your writings before I actually posted that. Sorry, girlie. I did read everything now, so I'm up to par. Woohoo!


By the way, I answered your pm. :)


I'm really thinking about saving up for next year's festival. I wanna go have some fun so badly over there. I wonder what films they have in mind so far. I'm waiting on the edge of my seat.

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Butterscotch, I am not sure about next year's schedule, but I do know 2011 was a whirlwind of fun and excitement.


And now back to our regularly scheduled program:


Swirling around the *Vanity Fair* party was much too much fun. I also met George Chakiris who looked "FAB." He was wearing a burgundy shirt with a black necktie. I went up to shake his hand, but he gave me a great big hug instead. I am sure he had absolutely no idea who I was, but he was so friendly, and there were lots of passholders and VFVIPS hanging around him for the short time he socialized, desperate to schmooze or click the camera shutter on their Iphones. An affable, kind gentleman.


A little birdy told me that during a chat she had with George, he explained that the shirt he was wearing was one of his favorites, that he liked to wear it to special parties, and that it was decades "young." It was certainly well-maintained, as can be said of Mr. Chakiris, himself.


During the Festival, Robert Osborne, Marni Nixon, Walter Mirisch and George Chakiris held court in the lobby of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel to chat about their West Side Story experiences...


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One of my favorite moments at the Vanity Fair party occured toward the end of the evening when I met Peter O'Toole in one of the VIP sections. Robert Osborne and Leslie Caron had just passed through the milieu, and I inched over to the enormous leather sofa. Kate Phillips O'Toole, seated on her father's left, was smiling and seemed happy to be in attendance. I introduced myself, and said that I wanted to let Mr. O'Toole know how much I admired his abilities and his "body of work." Then, he shook my hand and said "Thank you." He was patient, and kind with all the guests, and his family certainly stayed close to him during the Vanity Fair Party, and the Grauman's ceremony.



I was also glad that I was able to attend the taping of his interview with Robert Osborne at the Music Box Theater. Everyone in the audience was attentive, interested in the questions presented by Robert Osborne and obviously enraptured and amused by Mr. O'Toole's responses, stories, and manner.

I felt very lucky indeed.




I can't wait until the interview is aired on TCM. It was a wonderful experience, and everyone in the audience was so energized by Peter O'Toole's presence.


Next: My encounter with Chilean Director Patricio Guzman

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Dodging the hectic pace at the Hollywood Roosevelt one afternoon, I slipped away for a quiet lunch at Miceli's on Las Palmas. It had a typically old-world feel deep in the heart of the Turner Classic Movie Festival environs.














I was seated on the first level at a table next to the corner booth, and I was so hungry that the smells of garlic bread and simmering sauces were assaulting my senses like mad. I had zoomed to the first screening and skipped breakfast.







Lunch prices for pasta, salad, and a beverage are unbelievably reasonable and the fare at these prices didn't have to be sooooo tasty. The four gentleman seated at the next table were just finishing their lunch, and I noticed that they were speaking Spanish.







The gentleman in the corner was definitely treated with reverence and also spoke Spanish with an accent not usually attributed to California or Texas. A young man, who introduced himself as Shannon Kelly, works with the UCLA Film and Television Archive, and he introduced Director Patricio Guzman to me.







And of course I gushed and oohed and aahed.















Evidently, Mr. Guzman was in LA for a retrospective of his films. The following excerpt is from the UCLA Film and Television Archives website concerning Patricio Guzman:


“The only eternal lesson to be had is to study the past, so that we won’t repeat it.”— Patricio Guzmán.


In a remarkable 40-year career, Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán has crafted a unique legacy among documentarians: cataloguing the cataclysmic modern events of his country in a body of work not only timely, but timeless. Influenced early on by the non-fiction work of Chris Marker, Frédéric Rossif and Louis Malle, Guzmán began his career in 1971, documenting the sweeping social and economic reforms enacted by Chile’s then-president, Salvador Allende, Latin America’s first democratically elected socialist head of state. In 1973, Allende’s government was brought down in a bloody coup that brought General Augusto Pinochet to power and Guzmán was forced to leave Chile for Europe where he completed The Battle of Chile, Parts 1-3 (1975-1979), a searing account of the Allende government’s final year. Guzmán has returned to the events of 1973 and their aftermath several times throughout his career while also expanding his field of inquiry to explore the very natures of cinema, history and memory. In his latest film, Nostalgia for the Light (2010), Guzmán orchestrates a dazzling meditation on the insistent presence of the past in all our lives. UCLA Film & Television Archive is pleased to present Nostalgia for the Light in a special preview screening on Friday, April 15 and to welcome Mr. Guzmán in person to the Billy Wilder Theater on Friday, April 29.


Mr. Guzman is definitely one of those observant, quiet talents who seems to be continually scanning the environment and patiently sizing up those around him. Born in 1941 in Santiago, one of my favorite quotes from Guzman is that "we are not scientists, we are poets."

Guzman also appeared at the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. To read more about him on Independent Lens, follow this link:



He was very kind, and seemed genuinely pleased that I knew of his work. He gave me his autograph!

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SueSue...*I JUST SAW YOU ON TV!!!* About 1:10AM (EST) after *"SLIGHTLY FRENCH"* (***mercifully) ended, they showed a Fan Retrospective, and there YOU were. Ma'am you didn't look nervous at all though I remember reading your account about how nervous you were.


You seemed cool, calm and collected. In fact, you seemed very collected...nothing like the live wire I had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with a bit. Just teasin' you a little. I think this is the first time I've seen your Retrospective since we met in April.


Good job Sue.


Oh... * I say mercifully about "Slightly French" b'cuz it was so predictable, but I was over the moon about seeing one of my faves featured in it: *JANIS CARTER.*

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