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Robert Osborne interview for his own Private Screening

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Robert Osborne for almost twenty years has been doing interviewing of classic era and post-1968 film stars for the TCM interview program, *Private Screenings*. Guests have included Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell, Margaret O'Brien and a group of other child actors, Debbie Reynolds, Betty Hutton and many others.

 

And now, this January, Robert Osborne will be the one being interviewed in a very special *Private Screening*.

 

"Ever since TCM launched, Robert Osborne has been the face of the network and its passionate, driving force," said Charlie Tabesh, senior vice president of programming for TCM. "Private Screenings: Robert Osborne is a perfect chance for viewers to get to know Robert and learn the story behind his fascinating career. As TCM celebrates its 20th anniversary, we are proud to take this opportunity to honor the man who has done so much to bring classic films to life for generations of movie lovers."

 

The special *Private Screening* airs on January 6th. Robert O's former *Essentials* co-host, Alec Baldwin, is the interviewer.

 

Baldwin and Osborne's conversation begins with his early days tracking the movies playing in New York and compiling the background information into a hefty notebook he affectionately calls "****." Viewers will not only get to see **** on camera for the first time, but also enjoy clips from Osborne's early days as an actor in commercials, as well as in the daytime drama The Young Marrieds and the pilot for The Beverly Hillbillies. In addition, Osborne is featured in several clips from The Dinah Shore Show, which frequently had him on to talk about the Academy Awards, and The Morning Program on CBS, for which he did movie and theater reviews.

 

The special is packed with great stories from Osborne's life and career, which has included influential encounters with several notable figures, Jane Darwell, who suggested he move to Hollywood after working with him in a regional theater production; Lucille Ball, who put him under contract at Desilu and later encouraged him to go into journalism; Natalie Wood, who helped him work out the questions for his first interview; Olivia de Havilland, who asked Osborne to escort her to the American Film Institute's tribute to Bette Davis and whom Osborne continues to talk nearly every Sunday; and Dorothy Lamour, who introduced Osborne to the executives who would eventually launch Turner Classic Movies.

 

Osborne also speaks about the many memorable Private Screenings interviews he has conducted since the franchise launched in September 1995, including with such stars as Betty Hutton, Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell and Mickey Rooney.

 

So, be sure to mark the date, Jan. 6th, because you won't want to miss this special *Private Screening*.

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This is amazing. Robert certainly appears to have a charmed life when it comes to the entertainment industry. So many have taken him under their wings and guided him into a successful life and career. It's like magic - like Cinderella. I can't wait to see this :)

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Thanks for the heads up LZ. I don't get cable anymore, but I'll make sure I'm "visiting" someone who does that night!

 

I just finished reading the book on DESILU studios and there were many pages about Robert Osborne's relationship with Lucy.

 

RO took every opportunity to mingle with the stars, (even when no longer popular by Hollywood's standards) and that gave him "insider" information and relationships with many legends.

 

I always enjoy the Private Screenings with Mitchum, it reminds us how difficult interviews can be.

I'm always reminded of the interview in Woody Allen's film ZELIG where they're interviewing the mother of a charactor who contradicts EVERY sentence: "It must have been a struggle for you to send her through medical school..."

"Oh no, John was always well off, we always had plenty of money."

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I've noticed that Osborne's book about the history of the Oscars has been updated. It's now titled 85 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards and available at a list price of $80. Osborne was writing books about the awards long before it became cool!

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What a great idea! I wonder why no one had thought of it before (of course, they are running out of celebrities who'll agree to be interviewed!) Cant wait to hear all the dish. I'm sure he has plenty to tell (but will he tell it? LOL)

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Will RO get to turn the tables on Baldwin and ask HIM a few questions? There's plenty to ask..........I don't know if Baldwin lives in his own Private Idaho, but Mr. Potato Head certainly does.

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> Interesting selection as Alec Baldwin as the host. Sometimes he seems to live in his own private Idaho.

 

I wonder how the people of Idaho feel about that?

 

I always thought Osbourne would be a fascinating subject for a show like that. Like when Peter Graves was the alternate host of A&E's "Biography". I often wondered if they would have done a biography of Graves and have the other host present it, or would HE do the honors?

 

I wouldn't imagine they'd set up a large mirror across from Robert's chair an let him interview himself. I wonder why MANK didn't get the job?

 

Sepiatone

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>I wouldn't imagine they'd set up a large mirror across from Robert's chair an let him interview himself. I wonder why MANK didn't get the job?

 

Alec Baldwin did the interview with Gene Wilder a few years ago for TCM and it was very well done.

 

From various accounts, Robert O and Alec got along fairly well during their time together doing *The Essentials* and at the Film Festival.

 

Maybe Robert O requested Baldwin or maybe there was a conflict with Ben M's schedule and the date for the taping.

 

Whatever it was, one probably shouldn't read too much into it. Robert O and Ben M seem to have a good working relationship as well as a friendship.

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I think Alec comes with a certain amount of baggage considering his notorious run ins with the paparazzi and his untimely firing from MSNBC.I thought TCM would try to avoid that negativity now associated with Alec's volatile personality.

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He did a great job with the Gene Wilder interview. Really enjoyed it so much. He was a wonderful guest host on The Essentials series with RO and their chemistry was great. Makes sense to me that he was chosen to do this interview.

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>I think Alec comes with a certain amount of baggage considering his notorious run ins with the paparazzi and his untimely firing from MSNBC.I thought TCM would try to avoid that negativity now associated with Alec's volatile personality.

 

That's actually a reason to let him do it ! No such thing as bad publicity.

 

>Sepiatone doesn't like "New Wave" bands.

 

The reference is after 1969 so most won't get it :-)

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It is both an honor and a great pleasure that Turner Classic Movies will be able to share this wonderful tribute of Robert Osborne via the Private Screenings showcase so I will definitely be looking forward to this very much; like many classic film lovers here, I've been a huge fan of Osborne and his enduring legacy on TCM. The days when I was sick, depressed or going through the difficulties of being a mom for the first time were greatly relieved whenever he appeared during the primetime airings he hosted at night; even his earlier appearances always brought a smile to my face. Robert Osborne has not become the face of Turner Classic Movies in regards to the love, passion and appreciation for all things classic, he's also become a huge role model, wonderful friend, insightful individual and a genuine gem from Hollywood's Golden Era; I'm very grateful to both a huge fan of classic films and awe-inspiring wondrous talents like Robert Osborne that I can rely on so much as a whole...so from the bottom of my heart I thank you for making that difference Mr. Osborne because you are a joy to have here on TCM and the Classic Film Union!

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Just a reminder that TCM is airing this *Private Screening* interview on Monday, Jan. 6th at 5:00/8:00 PST/EST and 8:30/11:30 PST/EST along with some of Robert O's favorite films.

 

Set those recording devices!

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Just watched the interview on the WATCH TCM app and it's probably my favorite PRIVATE SCREENINGS episode.

 

Have heard most of the stories before but glad to see him and film clips from his younger days.

 

Baldwin didn't have to say much. Once Robert was up and running, he talked with very little interference.

 

Wonderful show! Don't miss it!

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Yes. Through movie magic Bob can interview himself. On one side is the dapper neatly dressed Bob. In the interview chair is the very casual at home Bob with a T shirt, mussed up hair, torn jeans and no socks. Sound familiar?

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Don't forget, it's a 90 minute interview!

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I tuned in and saw that total lunatic and sleezeball, Alec Baldwin. What a bummer! I turned it off. Why on earth did Osborne choose this individual to do "This is Your Life"? Extremely disappointed.

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