ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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Here’s John Coyote singing one of my favorite Elvis songs – “Don’t”. 

Let’s begin today’s post with a trivia question:  In which film did Elvis Presley wear a beard?

Yes…  I said a BEARD.  Do you know the answer?  Not to worry – I didn’t know which one it was either.

On this day in 1968, Elvis began filming the movie CHARRO!  It was a bust – Elvis had a beard and only one of his songs was used in the film.  It was an all-around bummer.

Of course to die-hard Elvis fans (like me), anything he did was quite alright.  Beard, no beard – whatever.  He had music in his voice and I could listen to him sing forever.  His presence on the big screen was mesmerizing.

Although 1968 seems like a very long time ago, sometimes it seems like yesterday.  I used to hear my grandparents talk about how when they were young those were simpler, more innocent days.  I didn’t know what they meant at the time they were telling me that, but now – well, I would say that 1968 was a simpler, more innocent time than 2016.

In 1968 I was 9 years old.  It was a pre-computer age and our telephones were all landlines.  There were not many “R” rated movies showing at the theater, and we had another Elvis movie to look forward to.

Elvis played Jess Wade, a man falsely accused of having stolen a cannon from the Mexican revolutionary forces.  He tries to find the real culprits, a gang of criminals.

There were no F bombs and no scenes that were uncomfortable to watch in mixed company.  I miss simplicity and innocence in films.  No, this wasn’t his best movie, but I’d still rather watch it than some of the junk that they try to pass off as entertainment these days.

By 1968, Elvis had made 28 movies – and they were all starting to run together and the plots were beginning to seem very familiar.  It seemed to be a matter of what environment they decided to put Elvis in.  By the time movie number 29 was being filmed, they apparently thought the only thing they could do to change the routine of the plot was have Elvis grow a five-day shadow.

Real fans didn’t mind the familiarity of the plot – but even we were predicting with a fair degree of accuracy the twists and turns of the movies once there were so many of them.  I head Elvis say in an interview that he wished he had spent less time working on movies and more time working on new music.  He was a great talent to be sure and could obviously do either one – and whether you think anything he did was cheesy or not, I think it’s great that he left these gifts for us to enjoy.  🙂

 

 

 

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I WILL MISS YOU…

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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!  🙂

 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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I suppose we all have our favorite actors and actresses.  Angela Lansbury’s talent has captured and held my attention throughout my life.  On this day in 1944 she made her film début in the popular film “Gaslight” at the tender age of 18.

I was put under contract. A major studio. I got nominated for an Academy Award. Isn’t that ridiculous? I mean, at the age of 18!  – Angela Lansbury

This film is a mystery-thriller adapted from Patrick Hamilton’s 1938 play by the same name about a woman who fears that her husband murdered her aunt as she is driven insane.  It was directed by George Cukor and starred Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer and Joseph Cotton.

Lansbury arrived in the U.S. in 1940.  She landed the important role of house maid Nancy and absolutely nailed it – it was clear that she was as good an actress as the established stars she worked with, and in fact earned an Academy Award nomination for Actress in a Supporting Role.

To labor is to pray.  – Motto of the Benedictines

Even though the movie was made two decades before I was born, the character of Nancy the maid holds my interest.  The intrigue and mystery are as intense today as it was the first time I watched it when I was just a little girl.

The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.  – Alfred Hitchcock

Angela Lansbury has enjoyed much success in her career and at age 89 she is still working on the London stage!  She continues to shine as brightly today as she did back in the mid 1940’s.

As I write this post I’m enjoying her performance as “Jessica Fletcher” in “Murder, She Wrote”.  I have all of the DVD’s and watch them often.

I wish Angela Lansbury many more years of continued success.  May her big blue eyes never lose their twinkle!  🙂

 

NATIONAL DAY OF LISTENING

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The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen.  JUST LISTEN.  Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our ATTENTION… A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.  – Rachel Naomi Remen

Think about all the wonderful stories that were shared around your Thanksgiving table yesterday.  Have you ever thought of documenting those stories – capturing them on video or DVD for future reference or to show to future generations?

I wish technology would have been that advanced when I had my parents.  Of course after my daddy died there were videos and then DVD cameras, but when I was a kid we had the old 8mm film and there was no sound.  It’s funny because when I had my film transferred to Video – and then had the video transferred to DVD, they put background music with the film.  It was obvious they did not stay in the room as the film was being transferred (and can you blame them – there’s nothing more dull than a stranger’s home movies) because some of the music was mismatched to the film.

In 1977 I turned 16 years old.  While all my friends were having Sweet Sixteen parties (for most it was their first boy / girl party) – I decided to spend a quiet evening at home with my parents and my dog, Rusty.  Mama baked my favorite cake (a strawberry jelly roll cake) and there was a pretty table with balloons and pretty plates and napkins.  As I recall, they were ZIGGY (my favorite cartoon character at the time).

I wanted to HEAR my party and knew if I used the 8mm movie camera I would not have sound.  I used my tape recorder to document the evening.  We talked and laughed.  I opened some pretty cool gifts and played a couple of songs on the piano.  But the most fun part of the tape is when my dad decided I needed SIXTEEN SWATS!  Really, Dad???

Hopefully when you capture your story you will communicate effectively.

Be thankful for technology and document all the memories you possibly can.  You will be glad you did in years to come.

From a very young age, my parents taught me the most important lesson of my whole life:  Listen to everybody before you make up your own mind.  When you listen, you learn.  You absorb like a sponge.  Your life becomes so much better than when you are just trying to be listened to all the time.  – Steven Spielberg

Ask your family some questions and enjoy NATIONAL DAY OF LISTENING!  🙂