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Doris Roberts was born Doris May Green on November 4, 1925.  She was a very talented actress, receiving five Emmy Awards and a Screen Actors Guild award during her acting career, which began in 1951.  She’s best known for her role as Raymond Barone’s mom on the popular sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, which ran from 1996-2005.  Doris died on April 17, 2016 at the age of 90.  I have seen her through the years on several programs, including a role as Jessica Fletcher’s cousin on my favorite show, Murder, She Wrote.

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Does it crack anyone else up that the interviewer didn’t know what a SECOND BANANA was???  Sheesh…  even I know what that means.

In my opinion, Doris Roberts was not a second banana!  If she was in a movie or TV show, you knew it would be a good, wholesome, clean, funny program.  It would be something that you would not have to watch with the kids in the other room.

Here’s a filmography of Doris’ movies:

  • 1970 – NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY
  • 1970 – THE HONEYMOON KILLERS
  • 1971 – LITTLE MURDERS
  • 1976 – A NEW LEAF
  • 1976 – HESTER STREET
  • 1979 – THE STORYTELLER
  • 1979 – ONCE IN PARIS
  • 1979 – THE ROSE
  • 1989 – NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION
  • 2001 – MY GIANT
  • 2001 – ALL OVER THE GUY
  • 2003 – DICKIE ROBERTS:  FORMER CHILD STAR
  • 2006 – GRANDMA’S BOY
  • 2006 – KEEPING UP WITH THE STEINS
  • 2009 – PLAY THE GAME
  • 2009 – ALIENS IN THE ATTIC
  • 2012 – TYLER PERRY’S MADEA’S WITNESS PROTECTION

I think even more than her commanding presence, I will miss hearing her unique voice.  She had the kind of voice that was so recognizable – if I heard it on TV but was not in the room, I knew immediately who was speaking.561px-DorisRobertsApr2011

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There were funny women in her generation for sure…  she mentioned Thelma Ritter in that interview.  Also Mary Wickes comes to mind.  There were several “second bananas” back then – but to my way of thinking, they are funny top bananas!  Thank you, Doris Roberts, for leaving us funny moments on film because real life can be so very sad.  I will miss you!  🙂

 

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WHAT DID KATE WHISPER

Maureen O’Hara passed away on October 24th, 2015.  She was 95 years old.  The spunky green-eyed, red-headed actress was best known for playing fiercely passionate but sensible heroines, and often worked with director John Ford and longtime friend John Wayne. She was one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

O’Hara was born in Dublin, so when she played the role of Kate in “The Quiet Man”, it was a genuine and sincere performance.  It’s tradition in our house to watch the popular movie every St. Patrick’s Day.  Rarely do you see a true connection between actors – but in this film, you can tell that Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne have a true connection and worked well together.

Have you seen “The Quiet Man”?  If so, you are probably just as curious as I am to know what Maureen O’Hara whispered in the Duke’s ear at the end of the movie!  At the film’s conclusion, after the credits, we see Kate and Sean standing in their garden waving good-bye. Maureen O’Hara turns to John Wayne and whispers something in his ear, evoking a priceless reaction from Wayne. What was said was known only to O’Hara, Wayne and director John Ford. In exchange for saying this unscripted bit of text, O’Hara insisted that the exact line never be disclosed by any involved parties. In her memoirs she says that she refused to say the line at first as she “couldn’t possibly say that to Duke”, but Ford insisted, claiming he needed a genuine shock reaction from Wayne. The line remains a mystery to this day.

I’ve tried to find out – I’ve searched and googled it…  it seems she took the secret with her – sadly.  Whatever she whispered to him – it definitely got the desired shock reaction from him!  I won’t say it’s my favorite part of the movie, but I will say – it’s the most interesting – just because I’m nosey and want to know what she whispered.  Oh well…

I miss movies that have a bit of mystery.  Ones that hold a little back and make us want more.  Nowadays – everything just hangs out, leaving us in a perpetual state of TMI overkill.  The Golden age of Hollywood is gone.  I will miss Maureen O’Hara.  🙂

 

 

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WELL PLAYED AND PLAYED WELL

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On September 6, we all lost a good friend.  Martin Milner was 83 years old.  Whether you recognize the name or not, his face is surely familiar.

He began acting at a very young age, in the 1947 film “Life with Father” in the role of John Day, the second oldest son of Clarence Day.   My husband and I still watch that film from time to time.  John Day was an ambitious child who was interested in making money by selling “medicine” to friends.  His wide-eyed innocence and the excitement in his voice makes you want to buy a bottle of it!  When his father (played by William Powell) finds out he’s been selling the medicine, he tells John that he will not get his allowance until all of the medicine has bought back – John obviously does some math in his mind and declares, “But I’ll be 21 years old!”  It’s a very cute movie and I highly recommend it.

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John Day is seated at the far left hand side

Route 66 aired on CBS from 1960-64.  Clean-cut Yale graduate Tod Stiles and his working-class buddy Buz Murdock (played by George Maharis) traveled all over the country in Tod’s Corette convertible getting their kicks.

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The role I remember best is that of “Pete Malloy” in the hit series “Adam 12” (1968).  Pete was a veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department assisted by rookie cop Jim Reed, who was played by Kent McCord.

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We didn’t see much of Martin Milner then for a while.  He played in my favorite TV series “Murder, She Wrote” from time to time.  He played the role of “Lt. Clint Phelps”, who served in the USAF with Jessica’s husband, Frank Fletcher.

Of course, he played in many familiar movies as well, from westerns to city streets, he nailed every role he was challenged with playing.

I appreciate Martin Milner’s standards as an actor.  He didn’t use his fame to push an agenda.  He didn’t take a role that would damage his integrity or character.  He seemed like the sort of guy you could just sit down and have a cup of coffee with, didn’t he?

Here’s a list of all the great performances of Martin Milner:

http://www.oocities.org/martin_milner/filmography.html

I will miss Martin Milner.  Aren’t we thankful we can re-visit those great performances on DVD? 🙂

 

 

 

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POLAROID ONE STEP

I was so sad to hear of the passing of James Garner. The advertisements he and Mariette Hartley did for Polaroid through the years are timeless classics. It’s like the radio guy said – they seem so comfortable with each other, you almost thought they were a married couple!

Cameras are certainly not what they used to be. With the digital revolution came an entire generation of people who can and will take video of anything they see that looks interesting – um… good or bad. Rest assured – good or bad – especially bad – it will be uploaded to YouTube – oh yeah.

Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, but commercials don’t amuse or entertain me like they used to. They tend to annoy me. Advertisements used to be cute and fun. They just aren’t appealing to me anymore. I’m sure I am not the demographic they are targeting either. Now I watch the ads for AARP – the lady running around in high heels – you know the one – that skinny chick that can move buildings with one finger! It’s depressing. I can’t remove oatmeal from the microwave without spilling it, let alone wear high heels!

In our family we just keep taking the photos and making scrapbook pages. We have memories from our wedding day in 1986 through the recent convention we attended. We have almost 20 scrapbooks so far! That’s a lotta memories!

I’m sure back in the day James and Mariette had no idea that technology would take off like it has. When I watch those old commercials, it makes me go back to my mom and dad’s place for just a little while. I think about all the holidays and other special occasions when daddy had his trusty Polaroid camera. Remember how the picture would come out and you had to blow hot air on it to get it to develop faster? We had an instamatic black and white camera, but when daddy came home with a color camera, we thought we were pretty high-class then!

Thanks for triggering some pretty sweet memories, James Garner. May you Rest in Peace. ❤