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All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson by Mark Griffin in now in paperback. Just in time for Christmas surprises! 

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Quintessentially tall, dark, and handsome, legendary movie star Rock Hudson epitomized all-American manhood at the pinnacle of his fame. The country's favorite leading man in the '50s and '60s, he exuded charm, strength, virility, and charisma in classics like Magnificent Obsession, Giant, and Pillow Talk. His mainstream appeal translated into box office success during the last hurrah of Hollywood's Golden Age. And yet, this Oscar-nominated talent's greatest performance came in real life, as for decades he kept his authentic self and his sexuality hidden in an extremely homophobic society.

To survive a chaotic and financially strapped Midwestern childhood, young Roy Fitzgerald found escape from his troubles--an estranged father, a violent stepfather, and a controlling mother--at the local cinema. Despite his humble circumstances, he yearned for a future onscreen. Looks and drive, as well as his stint on the casting couch with a notoriously unscrupulous agent, eventually transformed that dream into reality. Painstakingly, an unskilled but fiercely ambitious former truck driver was transformed into the camera-ready persona of Rock Hudson. 

Rising through the ranks at Universal, Hudson emerged as the studio's prized asset, a clean-cut matinee idol adored by colleagues and fans alike. Professional glory had a psychological cost for this vulnerable, insecure soul though. On celluloid and in gossip columns, he wooed countless attractive women, burnishing his manufactured image as a swoon-worthy romantic hero. Offscreen, he courted disaster as his gay relationships, affairs, and flirtations made him a prime target for exposure by tabloids and spurned ex-lovers. 

Drawing on more than 100 interviews with co-stars, family members, and former companions and unprecedented access to private journals, personal correspondence, and production files, this comprehensive biography finally produces a multidimensional portrait of one of the most compelling figures in film history. Here, at last, are fresh insights into Hudson's controversial marriage to Phyllis Gates and his contentious dealings with boyfriend Marc Christian, providing answers to questions the late actor consistently evaded. Griffin also offers the first in-depth analysis of Hudson's entire body of work from his early bit parts to his collaborations with visionary director Douglas Sirk to his cheekily subversive bedroom farces with Doris Day to his transition to the small screen in the hit series McMillan & Wife. Along the way, this riveting account features memorable appearances from an A-list cast of characters, including Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, John Wayne, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, and many other luminaries. 

Meticulously researched and vividly rendered, ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS illuminates an all-too-human superstar whose life and legacy have significantly influenced American culture. 


Mark Griffin is the author ofA Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of Vincent Minelli.  His interviews, reviews, and essays have appeared in scores of publications. He lives in Lewiston, Maine.










 

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NEW FILMS ANNOUNCED!!!!!***********

 

BACK TO THE FUTURE IS OUR OPENING NIGHT FILM FOR #TCMFF 2020!*******

When teenager Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is blasted to 1955 in the DeLorean time machine created by the eccentric Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), he finds himself mixed up in a time-shattering chain reaction that could vaporize his future – and leave him trapped in the past.

Cary Grant is an angel in human form that comes to the aid of a bishop (David Niven) whose obsession with constructing a new cathedral causes a strain with his wife (Loretta Young).

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977)

A small-town man’s ordinary way of life is turned upside down after a close encounter with a UFO in this groundbreaking Steven Spielberg sci-fi classic.

THE DEVIL AND MISS JONES ************

After hearing that his workers are planning to form a union, the owner of a department star (Charles Coburn) goes undercover to root out the agitators, only to have second thoughts once he befriends a worker (Jean Arthur) and falls for a store clerk (Spring Byington).

dinnerateight_470x350.jpgDINNER AT EIGHT (1933)*******************

A high-class socialite’s preparations for a swanky dinner party reveal the scandals and skeletons in each of her guest’s closet in this star-studded pre-Code drama featuring Jean Harlow, Wallace Beery and Marie Dressler.

A DOUBLE LIFE (1947)***********************

Ronald Colman earned the Oscar for Best Actor in this film noir portraying a stage actor who takes his roles too seriously, causing alarm from his actress ex-wife when he takes on the role of Othello.

HARVEY (1950)

70th Anniversary Presentation. James Stewart stars as a whimsical middle-aged man whose family has him committed because of his friendship with an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit.

JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS (1963)

The mythical Greek hero Jason must lead a group of adventurers on a quest to take possession of the Golden Fleece in this iconic epic showcasing the special effects mastery of Ray Harryhausen.

LOST HORIZON (1937)**************

When a plane crashes in the Himalayan mountains, its survivors find themselves lost in a strange, majestic land.

themanwhoknewtoomuch_470x350.jpgTHE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1956)*****************

Alfred Hitchcock’s remake of his original 1934 story finds an innocent couple (James Stewart and Doris Day) swept up in a dangerous international plot after they witness a murder.

SOMEWHERE IN TIME (1980)

40th Anniversary Presentation. Enchanted by a photograph of a beautiful actress from the past, a playwright (Christopher Reeves) uses self-hypnosis to travel back in time to meet the woman (Jane Seymour).

thebrennangirl_470x350.jpgTHAT BRENNAN GIRL (1946)*****************

A young war widow raised as a grifter must learn to reform her ways when she looks back on her life of bad decisions brought on by her selfish mother.

thetimemachine_470x350.jpgTHE TIME MACHINE (1960)

60th Anniversary Presentation. Based on the influential novel by H.G. Wells, George Pal’s visionary adventure follows a 19th-century inventor (Rod Taylor) who creates a time machine to change the past only to be sent into a dystopian future.

thewizardofoz_470x350.jpgTHE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)

A tornado sweeps a young Kansas girl (Judy Garland) from her farm into the magical land of Oz, where she enlists the help of new friends to find her way back home.

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TCM has to go back!

For a network that has made an art of returning to the past, it’s time to go back to the future. On Wednesday, TCM announced that a 35th anniversary screening of Back to the Future will kick off the 11th annual TCM Classic Film Festival this spring.

Stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, and Lea Thompson will join co-writer/co-producer Bob Gale for the gala opening, which will also mark the world premiere of a new 4K remaster of the film.

Fox famously portrays Marty McFly, a high school kid who finds himself mixed up in a time-traveling adventure with the help of his eccentric scientist friend, Doc Brown (Lloyd). Marty risks setting off a time-shattering chain reaction when he travels back in time to his parents’ youth and his mother, Lorraine (Thompson), begins to fall for him instead of his father. Back to the Future kickstarted a massive franchise, inspiring two sequels, theme park attractions, and more.

 
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“Like virtually everyone else of my generation, I saw Back to the Future when it was released in 1985 and within an instant, the story, the characters, the music, and the car, of course, became critical touchstones in my personal cinematic universe,” said Ben Mankiewicz, TCM primetime anchor and official host of the TCM Classic Film Festival, in a statement. “And those actors — Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, and Christopher Lloyd — forever carved themselves into an ’80s-movie version of Mount Rushmore. Step aside, John McClane; move over, Ferris Bueller; Marty McFly — the brainchild of Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale — is the definitive character of the decade.”

It’ll be a big year for the Back to the Future brand, as 2020 also marks the previously announced world premiere of a musical based on the film.

This year’s TCM Classic Film Festival centers on the theme “Grand Illusions: Fantastic Worlds on Film” and will take place April 16-19 in Hollywood.

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Mary Astor’s Summer Under The Stars Celebration is today on TCM!!

 

This is the perfect day to remember Director Alexa Foreman and her documentary, Scandal: The Trial of Mary Astor and that special Wednesday, April 25, 2018, interview at Larry Edmunds Bookstore. Thanks to Andrew Yang, Mary Astor's great-grandson for attending this exciting event, Larry Edmunds Bookshop, Linda Wiegman who took the interview photos, and all the fans who made the Wednesday interview and the Club TCM Screening two SRO events. The documentary screened the following Friday in Club TCM hosted by Gary Freedman. Thanks to Paula for that frothy cup of Mary Astor java.

 

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The iconic Hollywood Boulevard location....

 

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Sue Sue with director Alexa Foreman...

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Sue Sue (Christy), Director Alexa Foreman, and Mary Astor’s great-grandson, Andrew Yang, creator of the Mary Astor Doll Collection...

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Inexciting Club TCM with social media content creator Jeff Lundenberger, and Jeff Mantor Of Larry Edmunds Bookshop...

 

This documentary is on tonight's TCM schedule

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Scandal: The Trial of Mary Astor, Directed by Alexa Foreman,  former Head Researcher TCM,   premiered at the #TCMFF in 2018, and airs tonight at 8 p.m. on TCM!  The documentary, championed by the late Robert Osborne,  has screened at several film festivals like the Dallas Docufest and the Sedona Film Festival. 

Read Roger Fristoe’s article here and look for “Sue Sue” in the credits, too!!

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From the Turner Pressroom....

POLA CHANGNON NAMED GENERAL MANAGER OF TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES

 

“Turner Classic Movies (TCM) announced today that Pola Changnon will become the new general manager of the network. Changnon, formerly senior vice president of marketing, studio production and talent for TCM, will now be responsible for the day-to-day operations of TCM, including all strategy, business development, marketing, branding, digital initiatives, programming and on-air campaigns, as well as overseeing immersive brand extensions such as TCM Classic Film Festival and the TCM Classic Cruise. She will also be charged with growing and developing the TCM brand through innovative and revenue-generating business initiatives. Changnon is based in Atlanta and will report to Michael Ouweleen, interim president of Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang and TCM.  Changnon is replacing Jennifer Dorian, who has chosen to leave after 20 years at Turner.

“Pola has been a driving force behind TCM’s brand identity for over a decade and there is no better person to take on oversight of the network,“ said Ouweleen. “She is a knowledgeable and passionate film aficionado as well as an amazing leader who will continue to grow TCM as the network moves into this next chapter within Warner Bros.” 

Changnon has been with Turner for 22 years and with TCM for the past 12. Most recently, she oversaw brand management, creative vision and design, strategic marketing, talent recruitment and studio production. Previously, Changnon served as vice president, brand creative director and on-air for TCM where she was responsible for managing and directing all on-air production and oversaw all creative brand management for the network. 

Before joining TCM, Changnon was vice president of on-air and executive producer of program production at Cartoon Network, where she was responsible for all on-air production for both Cartoon Network and Boomerang, and joined the company as vice president and executive producer of Cartoon Network Digital, where she managed all creative development and production for Cartoon Network’s website, overseeing a team of more than 30 producers, writers and graphic designers as well as third-party vendors who created content for the site. 

“I’ve been fortunate enough to work at TCM for the past 12 years and to see firsthand how committed the team is to preserving classic film for the next generation of movie fans,” said Changnon. “It’s a privilege to step into this new role and I am confident that together with the talented group of individuals who work on the brand, we will continue to grow TCM’s position as the definitive classic movie destination.”

“Jennifer has been an inspiring and impactful leader across Turner brands for more than two decades,” said Ouweleen. “We thank her for her years of leadership and wish her continued success in the future.”

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And we're hoping for more announcements for the #TCMFF2020 coming soon!

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New Addition to the film schedule.....

COUNSELLOR AT LAW (1933)

John Barrymore delivers a powerhouse performance in this pre-Code drama as a Jewish attorney with humble beginnings, whose life is shaken up by his wife’s infidelity and a scandal that threatens his career.

The film will be preceded by the presentation of the 3rd annual Robert Osborne Award to film critic and historian Leonard Maltin. Nitrate print courtesy of the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

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NEW FILMS ANNOUNCED!!!

10th TCM Classic Film Festival - Hollywood 2019 - April 11-14
 
2020 TCM CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL NEWS
 
TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THE LATEST ADDITIONS TO THE LINEUP OF THE 11TH ANNUAL TCM CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL.
 
 

Dick Powell and Linda Darnell star in a U.S. premiere restoration of the fantastical comedy IT HAPPENED TOMORROW (1944); Harry Belafonte, Mel Ferrer and Inger Stevens star as the only living people in a post-apocalyptic city in THE WORLD, THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL (1959) presented here in a new 35mm print; Vincent Price is the title character in a 3D screening of THE MAD MAGICIAN (1954); Raymond St. Jacques and Godfrey Cambridge are two Harlem detectives investigating a robbery in the Ossie Davis crime caper COTTON COMES TO HARLEM (1970); Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall are hostages in a Florida hotel at the command of crime boss Edward G. Robinson in KEY LARGO (1948); a young woman is sentenced to death for a crime she didn’t commit, but refuses to indict those responsible in the pre-Code drama THE SIN OF NORA MORAN (1933); Kay Francis and William Powell find love amongst thieves in the pre-Code JEWEL ROBBERY (1932); and Don Ameche, Alice Faye and Carmen Miranda star in the Fox technicolor musical THAT NIGHT IN RIO (1941). 

Previously announced titles include: an opening night screening of BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985), with stars Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson, Christopher Lloyd and producer Bob Gayle in attendance; a nitrate screening of COUNSELLOR AT LAW (1933) attended by 2020 Robert Osborne Award recipient Leonard Maltin; a 70th anniversary screening of HARVEY (1950); a 60th anniversary screening of THE TIME MACHINE (1960); the 40th anniversary screening of SOMEWHERE IN TIME (1980); DINNER AT EIGHT (1933); THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1956); THE DEVIL AND MISS JONES (1941); A DOUBLE LIFE (1947); THE BISHOP’S WIFE (1947); CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977); JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS (1963); LOST HORIZON (1937); THAT BRENNAN GIRL (1946); and THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939).

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Aaaannd that polished purveyor of produce, Carmen Miranda, in That Night in Rio (1941) has been added....

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Don't forget about the exciting events at the #TCMFF this year if you happen to be a member ot TCM Backlot. Find the list here.

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FYI: This film has been added to the schedule.....

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SPARTACUS (1960)

Kirk Douglas’s performance as the leader of a slave revolt against the Roman Empire continues to inspire sixty years after its original release. Presented here in the world premiere of a new 70mm print from a 4K restoration by Universal Pictures.

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LILY TOMLIN to be honored at the Hand and Footprint Ceremony April 17!

Lily Tomlin, one of America’s foremost comediennes, continues to venture across an ever-widening range of media, starring in television, theater, motion pictures, animation, video and social media. Throughout her extraordinary career, Tomlin has received numerous awards, including: eight Emmys, with 25 primetime and five daytime nominations; a Tony for her one-woman Broadway show, Appearing Nitely; a second Tony for Best Actress, a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics’ Circle Award for her one woman performance in Jane Wagner’s The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe; a CableAce Award for Executive Producing the film adaptation of The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe; a Grammy for her comedy album, This is a Recording, as well as nominations for her subsequent albums Modern Scream, And That’s the Truth and On Stage; and two Peabody Awards, the first for the ABC television special Edith Ann’s Christmas (Just Say Noël), and the second for narrating and executive producing the HBO film, The Celluloid Closet (1995).  In 2003, she received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and, in December 2014, was the recipient of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors in Washington DC.

Early Life.  Tomlin was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in a working-class neighborhood on the outskirts of one of the city’s most affluent areas. Although she claims she wasn’t funny as a child, Tomlin admits she “knew who was and lifted all their material right off the TV screen.” Her favorites included Lucille Ball, Bea Lillie, Imogene Coca and Jean Carroll, one of the first female stand-ups on The Ed Sullivan Show. After high school, Tomlin enrolled at Wayne State University to study medicine, but her elective courses in theater arts compelled her to leave college to become a performer in local coffee houses.  She moved to New York in 1965, where she soon built a strong following with her appearances at landmark clubs such as The Improvisation, Cafe Au Go Go and the Upstairs at the Downstairs, where she later opened for the legendary Mabel Mercer in the Downstairs Room.

Television.  Tomlin made her television debut in 1966 on The Garry Moore Show and then made several memorable appearances on The Merv Griffin Show, which led to a move to California where she appeared as a regular on Music Scene. In December 1969, Tomlin joined the cast of the top-rated Laugh-In and immediately rose to national prominence with her characterizations of Ernestine, the irascible telephone operator, and Edith Ann, the devilish six-year-old. When Laugh-In left the air, Tomlin went on to co-write with Jane Wagner and star in six comedy television specials: The Lily Tomlin Show, Lily (1973), Lily (1975), Lily Tomlin, Lily: Sold Out and Lily for President? for which she won three Emmy Awards and a Writers’ Guild of America Award. Tomlin also starred in the HBO special about the AIDS epidemic, And the Band Played On (1993). She has guest starred on numerous television shows, such as Saturday Night Live, Homicide, X-Files and Will and Grace, and played the boss on the popular CBS series Murphy Brown. She is also heard as the voice of the science teacher Ms. Frizzle on the popular children’s animated series The Magic School Bus, for which she was awarded an Emmy.

In 2002, Tomlin joined the cast of the hit NBC series The West Wing playing President Bartlett’s assistant, Debbie Fiderer – a role for which she received a 2003 Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Actress in a Drama Series. Tomlin continued in the role of Debbie in the final season of West Wing through 2006. In the past few years, Tomlin has made several guest appearances on Desperate Housewives, NCIS, Eastbound and Down and guest starred in the acclaimed FX series Damages, in the Emmy-nominated role of matriarch of a wealthy New York family accused of financial fraud. In 2012, Tomlin co-starred with Reba McEntire on the ABC series Malibu Country, and she was seen on the Showtime series Web Therapy as Lisa Kudrow’s narcissistic mother. She also produced, with Jane Wagner, and narrated the HBO documentary An Apology to Elephants for which Tomlin received an Emmy Award for Narration. Tomlin is currently co-starring with Jane Fonda in the widely popular Netflix series Grace and Frankie, which premiered in May 2015. The sixth season recently premiered in January 2020 and the seventh and final season will premiere in 2021. In the first four seasons, Tomlin has been nominated for an Emmy for Best Actress in a Comedy Series, and in the first season a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. Tomlin was recently honored with the Career Achievement Award from the Television Critics Association and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild.

Stage.  Tomlin made her Broadway debut in the 1977 play Appearing Nitely, written and directed by Jane Wagner. Appearing Nitely included such favorites as Ernestine and Judith Beasley, the Calumet City housewife, and also introduced Trudy the bag lady, Crystal the hang-gliding quadriplegic, Rick the singles bar cruiser, Glenna as a child of the ‘60s and Sister Boogie Woman, a 77-year-old blues revivalist who preaches cheap thrills for the elderly. Appearing Nitely was later adapted as both an album and an HBO Special. Tomlin next appeared on Broadway in 1985 in a year-long, SRO run of Jane Wagner’s critically acclaimed play, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. The Broadway success was followed by a coast-to-coast, 14-city tour that spanned four and a half years. Tomlin extended this extraordinary theatrical career with a cross-country; 29-city tour of The Search; a new production of The Search on Broadway; a record-breaking, six-month run of the production in San Francisco; and a six-week run as part of the 2004 season at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles  

Movies.  On film, Tomlin made her debut as Linnea, a gospel singer and mother of two deaf children in Robert Altman’s Nashville (1975); her memorable performance was nominated for an Academy Award and she also won the New York Film Critics and National Society of Film Critics Awards for Best Supporting Actress. She next starred opposite Art Carney as a would-be actress living on the fringes of Hollywood in Robert Benton’s The Late Show (1977). She went on to star with John Travolta as a lonely housewife in Jane Wagner’s Moment By Moment (1978) and then teamed with Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton in the late Colin Higgins’ comedy 9 to 5 (1980).  She starred as the happy homemaker who became The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981), written by Jane Wagner, and the eccentric rich woman whose soul invades Steve Martin’s body in Carl Reiner’s popular All of Me (1984). She then teamed with Bette Midler for Big Business (1988).

In the ‘90’s, Tomlin starred in the film adaptation of The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life In the Universe (1991); appeared as part of an ensemble cast in Woody Allen’s Shadows and Fog (1992); starred opposite Tom Waits in Robert Altman’s Short Cuts (1993); and portrayed Miss Jane Hathaway in the screen adaptation of the popular television series The Beverly Hillbillies (1993). Tomlin also played a cameo role in The Player (1992) and Blue in the Face (1995), starred in the David O. Russell film Flirting with Disaster (1996) and joined Jack Lemmon, Dan Akroyd and Bonnie Hunt in Getting Away with Murder (1996). Tomlin starred opposite Richard Dreyfuss and Jenna Elfman in Buena Vista’s Krippendorf’s Tribe (1998) and co-starred with Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Cher in the Franco Zeffirelli film Tea with Mussolini (1999).

Tomlin then starred with Bruce Willis in Disney’s The Kid (2000) and appeared in a quirky cameo role in Orange County (2002). Tomlin co-starred with Dustin Hoffman in I Heart Huckabees (2004), a David O. Russell comedy that explores the emotional idiosyncrasies of life. She was seen in A Prairie Home Companion (2006), written by Garrison Keillor and directed by Robert Altman, in which she and Meryl Streep appear as a sister-singing act.  Tomlin appeared in Paul Schrader’s film The Walker (2007), co-starring with Woody Harrelson, Kristin Scott-Thomas and Lauren Bacall. Tomlin played a sensitivity-training expert assigned to instruct employees on social and political correctness with Steve Martin as Inspector Clousseau in Pink Panther II (2009). Tomlin starred in a Paul Weitz movie with Tina Fey and Paul Rudd Admission (2013) and stars in a second movie which Paul Weitz specifically wrote for Tomlin, Grandma (2015). Grandma, which received substantial critical and audience praise, brought Tomlin a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Movie Comedy. For her extensive work in film, Tomlin has received the Crystal Award from Women in Film.

Live Appearances.  Tomlin continues to make appearances around the nation and in Australia for shows in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. In November 2009, Tomlin debuted in Las Vegas at The MGM Grand Hotel in her new show entitled Not Playing with a Full Deck. She returned there for two engagements in 2010. In 2011, she returned to Australia for several concert appearances and participated in the Mardi Gras Festival. She appeared with Jane Fonda at the May 2015 TED Talks in Monterey, California.

Philanthropy.  Tomlin is well-known for supporting philanthropic organizations, particularly those focused on animal welfare, civil rights, health care, protection of elephants, women’s issues, AIDS-related organizations, environmental concerns, overcoming homelessness and supporting the LGBTQ community in all aspects of life. She has given countless fund-raising performances for organizations across the country, including The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, Rosie’s Place in Boston, Project Home in Philadelphia, Fenway Health Center, One Fair Wage and many community action groups. Tomlin has contributed in other ways to improve conditions for all living things, such as founding the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center. Tomlin and Wagner together also founded the Goosebump Garden at the internationally known LGBT Fenway Health Center in Boston and have been involved in its growth for over 25 years.

As part of her concern for animals, Tomlin earned an Emmy for her narration of the documentary An Apology to Elephants (2013). She has worked with elephant activists all over the country to take elephants out of zoos, is on the boards of Actors and Others for Animals and the Shambala Sanctuary. She also works with PAWS Elephant Sanctuary in California. She has received the Petco Foundation’s Hope Award for being a leader in animal welfare, and she established the Voice for the Animals Foundation’s ‘Lily Award’. Tomlin’s humanitarian efforts earned her the Honickman Foundation’s Golden Heart Award for her impact in breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

On New Year’s Eve 2013, Tomlin and Wagner were married in a private ceremony with friends. Tomlin can be found on Facebook, Twitter and other social media, and her entire career in art, text, photos and videos can be found at www.lilytomlin.com.

 

A Galentine's Day Surprise! 💗

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2020 TCM CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL NEWS
 
 
 

TCM is thrilled to announce our latest special guests and film additions to this year’s Festival lineup, including tributes to three renowned Hollywood contributors: animator Floyd Norman, actress Piper Laurie and actor Bruce Dern.

Norman will be in attendance for screenings of the beloved Oscar-nominated animated Disney classics THE SWORD IN THE STONE (1963) and ROBIN HOOD (1973). Laurie will be present for screenings of THE HUSTLER (1961), for which she earned her first Academy Award nomination, and the Douglas Sirk comedy HAS ANYBODY SEEN MY GAL (1952). And, actor Bruce Dern will be on hand at the screening of the Oscar-winning drama COMING HOME (1978), which earned him his first Oscar nomination.

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Looking forward to Has Anybody Seen My Gal? This early Hudson/Sirk venture with adorable Piper Laurie is at the top of my #TCMFF screenings list!

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Piper Laurie is wonderful in this film!
She will also be present for a screening of The Hustler with Paul Newman, another wonderful film featuring the great Piper Laurie!
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A short blog post from Christy's Inkwells sharing photos from the Ten-Timer's first meetup at Mel's Diner is here

 

 

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FESTIVAL FANS THRILLED WITH THE ADDITION OF PIPER LAURIE AS A SPECIAL GUEST!

Piper Laurie was born Rosetta Jacobs in Detroit, Michigan, to parents of Russian and Polish ancestry.  Piper had been studying acting with Benno and Betomi Schnider for three years when she auditioned for Universal Studios, who signed her to a long-term contract. They made more than 20 films starring the teenage girl opposite such actors as Tony Curtis, Rock Hudson and Tyrone Power. Disgusted with the lack of serious roles, Laurie finally broke her lucrative Hollywood contract, moved to New York, lived on a budget, worked on live television and in theater, and within two years changed her life and her career.

Piper Laurie is a three-time Oscar nominee. She was nominated by BAFTA, as well as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, for Best Foreign Actress and Best Actress in a Leading Role, respectively, for her performance in THE HUSTLER (1961) with Paul Newman. She stopped working for 15 years after THE HUSTLER to devote her energies to the Civil Rights movement and to the Vietnam War, feeling acting was less important. When she accepted work again, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in the original Carrie (1976) with Sissy Spacek and again as Best Supporting Actress in Children of a Lesser God (1986) with Marlee Matlin. Laurie won the Golden Globe for her role in the David Lynch cult favorite Twin Peaks and was nominated for an Emmy for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in Twin Peaks. She has been nominated 12 times for an Emmy, including one for the original and celebrated live broadcast of The Days of Wine and Roses with Cliff Robertson and directed by John Frankenheimer, as well as for her comedic performance in Frasier. She won the Emmy for Promise opposite James Woods and James Garner. She was Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year, and she also received an SFECA award for her performance as Dolly in the film of The Grass Harp (1995).

In 2010, she played an ancient grandma who learns to smoke a bong in the feature film Hesher (2010), with Joseph Gordon Levitt and Natalie Portman. Most recently she has appeared as Grandma Verna Wershe in White Boy Rick (2018), starring Matthew McConaughey, and as Rose Muller in Snapshots (2018) directed by Melanie Mayron.

In 2013, she made her musical stage debut in A Little Night Music as the glamorous Madame Armfeldt.

Ms. Laurie performed on Broadway in the Tony-nominated Lincoln Center production of ‘Mornings at Seven directed by Dan Sullivan at the Lyceum Theatre. She also appeared on Broadway in the 20th Anniversary production of The Glass Menagerie at the Brooks Atkinson, in which she played Laura, with Maureen Stapleton as Amanda.

Off-Broadway, she has appeared in Molly Kazan’s Rosemary and the Alligators and Larry Kramer’s The Destiny of Me. She toured in a one-person play about Zelda Fitzgerald, written by Bill Luce. In 2010, she directed Jim Brochu in his one-man show Zero Hour, for which he received the Drama Desk Award for best solo performance on or off-Broadway, playing Zero Mostel.

Piper Laurie is divorced from Wall Street Journal’s movie critic, Pulitzer Prize-winner Joe Morgenstern. Their daughter lives in Oregon. Laurie’s autobiography Learning to Live Out Loud was published by Crown in 2011 to rave reviews and is now available as an audiobook on Audible.com.

Piper Laurie will be at a screening of The Hustler with Paul Newman.

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IT'S TONIGHT!

TCM FILM TRIBUTE - MARCH 5 (ALL TIMES EST)

6:00 AM (ET) strangeloveofmarthaivers1946_91604_188x141_08302013104441.jpg The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
8:00 AM (ET) twoweeksinanothertown1962_ff_188x141_111920120954.jpg Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)
10:00 AM (ET) storyofthreeloves_kirk_rip_188x141_020720200230.jpg The Story of Three Loves (1953)
12:15 AM (ET) alongthegreatdivide1951_ff_188x141_072020110113.jpg Along the Great Divide (1951)
2:00 PM (ET) outofthepast_kirk_rip_188x141_020720200227.jpg Out of the Past (1947)
3:45 PM (ET) youngmanwithahorn1950_ff_188x141_061920120828.jpg Young Man With a Horn (1950)
5:45 PM (ET) lustforlife_1956_ff_188x141_012020100527.jpg Lust for Life (1956)
8:00 PM (ET) pathsofglory_kirk_rip_188x141_020720200249.jpg Paths of Glory (1958)
9:45 PM (ET) spartacus1960_30568_187x141_09302019123035.jpg Spartacus (1960)
1:15 AM (ET) michaeldouglas_livefromthetcmcff_2018_sp_188x141_031620180250.jpg Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Michael Douglas (2018)
2:30 AM (ET) badandthebeautiful_kirk_rip_188x141_020720200225.jpg The Bad and the Beautiful (1953)
4:45 AM (ET) sevendaysinmay1964_ff_188x141_120320120717.jpg Seven Days in May (1964)

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Baby Peggy (Diana Serra Cary) (1918-2020)

In case you missed this homage to Diana Serra Cary....

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She was Hollywood's first female child star, trailing only "The Kid" (1921) juvenile Jackie Coogan and charming moviegoers 10 years before Shirley Temple. The cherub-cheeked, bob-haired Baby Peggy starred in a series of two-reel fairy tales for Century Pictures, among them "Little Red Riding Hood" (1922) and "Hansel and Gretel" (1923), and famously lampooned adult silent film stars Clara Bow, Pola Negri and Rudolph Valentino. In 1923, she signed a $150,000 contract with Universal Pictures and seemed poised for superstardom in "Captain January" (1924) until arguments over her profit share caused a rift between her manager parents and the studio brass. Blacklisted at age six and unable to work, Peggy rallied in vaudeville but returned after four years to a Hollywood that had no use for her. After a decade in bit parts, Peggy Montgomery broke from the film industry to remerge as a writer, adopting the professional name Diana Serra Cary and appointing herself a Hollywood historian. Author of informative books on movie cowboys, child actors, and a biography of old friend Jackie Coogan, she told her own story in 1996 with Whatever Happened to Baby Peggy: The Autobiography of Hollywood's Premiere Child Star. Able in old age to set aside the bitterness with which she had once considered her lost childhood, Diana Serra Cary embarked on a third, very late-life career as the last surviving star of silent films and the subject of the 2012 documentary "Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room."

Baby Peggy was born Peggy-Jean Montgomery on Oct. 26, 1918, in San Diego, CA. Peggy's father, Jack Montgomery, had been an open range cowboy in his youth until his livelihood dissipated with the modernization of the West. After stints as a construction foreman and park ranger, Montgomery moved his family to Hollywood, where he found work in 1920 as a stunt rider. He was doubling for cowboy star Tom Mix when his 19-month-old daughter was discovered by director Fred Fishback, who was then auditioning children for a role opposite Brownie the Dog, a canine contemporary of Rin Tin Tin. Sporting a bowl haircut and clown makeup, Peggy made her film debut in the Century Films short "Playmates" (1921). The act proved popular with moviegoers and Peggy Montgomery's film career blossomed overnight. She made several more two-reelers (dubbed Five Day Wonders) with Brownie before going solo in "Third Class Male" (1921), "Little Miss Mischief" (1922), "The Little Rascal" (1921) and several films directed by Alfred J. Goulding, among them "Carmen, Jr." (1923), "The Kid Reporter" (1923), "Peg o'the Movies" (1923) and "Peg o'the Mounted" (1924).

It was part of Baby Peggy's cinematic shtick to mimic established film stars of the age, such as Clara Bow, Pola Negri, Mae Murray and Rudolph Valentino, while her most popular films were based on fairy tales, among them "Little Red Riding Hood" (1922), "Hansel and Gretel" (1923) and "Jack and the Beanstalk" (1924). A child star before there were laws to protect underage film actors, Baby Peggy forfeited an education to work 18 hour days and perform dangerous stunts. In 1923, she signed a $150,000,000 contract with Universal Pictures, for whom she made her feature film debut as an orphan who reforms a mobster gang in "The Darling of New York" (1923). At the height of her career, Baby Peggy had banked over $2 million, was receiving over a million pieces of fan mail a year, and had been invited as a mascot to the 1924 Democratic National Convention. Living high on their daughter's earnings, Jack and Marian Montgomery bought homes in Beverly Hills and Laurel Canyon, bred horses, and invested $30,000 on a Duisenberg coupe. Though he worked occasionally as a stuntman for Cecil B. DeMille, Jack Montgomery made full-time work out of managing his daughter's career.

When producer Sol Lesser claimed that "Captain January" (1924), which had starred Baby Peggy as a seaside foundling taken in by a kindly lighthouse keeper, had failed to turn a profit, a distrusting Jack Montgomery broke his daughter's contract with Universal. As a result, Baby Peggy was blacklisted in Hollywood, washed up at age six and unable to find work. Her family's sole breadwinner, she rebounded with a four-year tour of the vaudeville circuit, in which she sang and danced for five shows per day, earning $1,800 a week. While the entire family traveled with Baby Peggy, Marian Montgomery's stepfather absconded with their savings, emptying their bank accounts and taking the heirloom silver and Havilland china. Baby Peggy's estimable vaudeville earnings would soon disappear as well, squandered by her parents on high living and poor investments. The family repaired to a ranch in Wyoming to retrench but the property was lost after the 1929 stock market crash. Destitute, the Montgomerys returned to a Hollywood humbled by the Depression and ruled by a new child star named Shirley Temple.

Though Jack Montgomery was able to find work as a horseman in low-budget westerns, Peggy reentered the industry as a bit player. Father and daughter appeared in small roles in Cecil B. DeMille's "The Crusades" (1935) and Peggy won speaking parts in "Eight Girls in a Boat" (1934), "The Return of Chandu" (1934) and "Ah Wilderness!" (1935). In 1936, Shirley Temple starred in Twentieth Century Fox's musical remake of "Captain January," but the best Peggy Montgomery could do was extra work that paid less than $10 dollars a day. For the next decade, Peggy appeared in unbilled walk-ons, her last credit being in the RKO Radio Pictures comedy "Having Wonderful Time" (1938), starring Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. - whose father she had rivaled for the affection of moviegoers 15 years earlier. Never having had an education in her youth nor the opportunity to experience life beyond the studio set, Peggy Montgomery became an autodidact, excelling at writing and eventually selling her articles to magazines and newspapers.

With the divorce of her parents, Peggy distanced herself from her family, adopting a nom de plume for her second career as a writer. Having converted to Catholicism and earned a living running the book shop of the Santa Barbara Mission, Peggy Montgomery rechristened herself Diana Serra - Diana borrowed from the actress Diana Wynyard and Serra from Junipero Serra, a Franciscan friar who explored the California coastline in the mid-18th century. With one failed marriage behind her, Diana Serra found happiness with artist Bob Cary, whom she married in 1954. The couple relocated to Mexico, where Serra became a first time mother at age 43. After her return to the States in 1967, she recreated herself as a Hollywood historian, publishing such volumes as The Hollywood Posse: The Story of a Gallant Band of Horseman Who Made Movie History, Hollywood's Children: An Inside Account of the Child Star Era, and Whatever Happened to Baby Peggy: The Autobiography of Hollywood's Premiere Child Star. After the death of her husband in 2005, Serra began making public appearances to celebrate her career as both a child actor and the last surviving star of the silent era of film. At age 94, she also participated in the 2012 documentary "Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room." Baby Peggy died on February 24, 2020 in Gustine, CA at the age of 101.

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NEW SPECIAL GUESTS ANNOUNCED  FOR 2020!!! *

*JULIE ANDREWS *CRAIG BARRON - Visual Effects Artist *SERGE BROMBERG - French Archivist and Preservationist *MEL BROOKS - Director, Producer, Writer, Actor *BEN BURTT - Sound Designer *GEORGE CHAKIRIS - Actor, Dancer BRUCE DERN MICHAEL J. FOX - Actor, Author, Advocate BOB GALE - Producer, Writer, Director *STEPHEN HORNE - Silent Film Composer and Accompanist PIPER LAURIE *RUTA LEE - Actress, Dancer CHRISTOPHER LLOYD - Actor LEONARD MALTIN - Film Critic and Historian FLOYD NORMAN *MARGARET O’BRIEN *MINK STOLE *RUSS TAMBLYN LEA THOMPSON - Actor, Director LILY TOMLIN - Actor

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New Films!

NEW FILMS ANNOUNCED FOR 2020!

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THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T (1953)

Dr. Seuss wrote his only Hollywood screenplay about a young boy who dreams that he is held captive by his evil piano teacher and is forced to play piano for eternity.

BARDELYS THE MAGNIFICENT (1926)

John Gilbert stars as a womanizing swashbuckler who falls in love with the woman after he bets he can marry her in this silent romance.

THE FLAME AND THE ARROW (1950)

Burt Lancaster stars as a swashbuckling hero waging war again a tyrant in this action romance.

IT HAPPENED TOMORROW (1944)

Dick Powell stars as a newspaper man whose life gets complicated when he is gifted a newspaper that predicts the next day’s events, resulting in a series of misadventures with his clairvoyant girlfriend (Linda Darnell).

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THE JUNGLE BOOK (1967)

Walt Disney’s animated classic following the adventures of Mowgli, a young boy raised in the jungle but threated by the arrival of a man-eating tiger Shere Kahn, in Disney’s final production before his death.

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POLYESTER (1981)

Director John Waters’ melodramatic tale of a suburban housewife (Divine) whose life falls apart until a dreamy new man (Tab Hunter) helps her pick up the piece

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RETOUR DE FLAMME: GEORGES MÉLIÈS IN 3D AND OTHER AMAZING DISCOVERIES (VARIOUS)

Producer and film archivist Serge Bromberg’s returns to the Festival with a special presentation of restored shorts and 3D reels from innovative filmmaker George Méliès’ early work.

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THE SECRET GARDEN (1949)

Margaret O’Brien is a young orphan who helps bring life back into the lives of her cranky uncle and sick cousin when she begins tending to an overgrown, secret garden.

SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS (1954)

When the older brother of seven Oregon woodsmen marries his new bride, his brothers began courting women in their small town for themselves in this musical starring Howard Keel, Jane Powell, Russ Tamblyn and Ruta Lee.

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SPACEBALLS (1987)

Mel Brooks’ spoofs the sci-fi genre, particularly the Star Wars trilogy, with this comedy about a star pilot and his sidekick on a journey to save a princess from the evil Lord Dark Helmet.

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STELLA DALLAS (1925)

In this silent drama, a woman’s failed marriage to a wealthy man leaves her penniless and with a daughter, causing her to sacrifice all that she has for her child. This presentation will feature live musical accompaniment by composer Stephen Horne.

VICTOR VICTORIA (1982)

Julie Andrews stars as a struggling, down-on-her-luck singer who finds success, and personal complications, when she impersonates a male female impersonator in this gender-bending musical comedy.

 

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