A star comes home.
A star comes home.
For much of his career, O’Toole fought against his iconic role as T.E. Lawrence.
Christopher Plummer recalls Peter O’Toole berating him for playing Cyrano, a part O’Toole wanted except that he was cast as Lawrence of Arabia and couldn’t accept. Two tales of meeting in bars during this time, and O’Toole recounting what the camels did to his buttocks, with visual proof.
Everyday, now until Christmas.
Today we lost the dashing, dry-witted, Ã¼ber-talented Peter O’Toole, and his legendary performances are rightly being commemorated. But O’Toole had more than just acting chops — he had the charisma and the gravitas to, say, pull off riding into Letterman smoking a cigarette atop a camel, which he later fed a Heineken.
Peter O’Toole (August 2, 1932–December 14, 2013) in conversation with Orson Welles about Hamlet in a rare 1963 BBC interview.
Years ago, when I was still learning how to do comedy, there were times when my big closing bit would not quite get the response that I’d hoped it would. That is to say, I would conclude my set with (what I considered to be) my best, most hilarious piece of material, and, more often than I…
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The Nobel Lecture in Literature this year is replaced by a pre-recorded video conversation with Alice Munro, Nobel Laureate in Literature. The event is held …
Love getting the chance to hear Alice Munro talk about her long career and life as a writer, but did so many questions have to come back around to the fact that she is a woman who often tells stories about women? Her characters are as fully drawn and complex as any of the most accomplished novelists, and her themes are universally recognized as fertile territory for fiction: family, marriage, divorce, coming of age, secrets, deceptions, murder, illness. Somehow I can’t imagine someone asking Philip Roth, Ian McEwan or Jonathan Franzen if they hope their stories “speak to men” or whether they are writing stories “men can identify with.” There are so many more interesting questions she could have been asked! Like finding the very private, small moments in a character’s life that ends up changing how they go forward, and how easy or difficult it is to find the right details that do that. And how family relationships often hinge on long-established and accepted patterns of behavior that must be followed until someone’s individual longing means they must break one of those patterns, and how momentous that can be for a family, even if from the outside it seems like a small or even normal change of circumstances. But watch this anyway, because she is so charmingly amazed she has won, and this is well deserved, and read her stories because they are great stories that illuminate what’s interesting about being a person that is alive in the world. (*end of rant. thank you.*)
Eleanor Parker, who was nominated for Academy Awards three times for her portrayals of strong-willed women and played a scheming baroness in “The Sound of Music,” has died at 91.
Family friend Richard Gale said Parker died Monday morning due to complications from pneumonia. “She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children at a medical facility near her home in Palm Springs,” Gale added.
Parker was nominated for Oscars in 1950, 1951 and 1955, but then saw her career begin to wane in the early 1960s. Her last memorable role came in 1965’s “The Sound of Music,” in which she played the scheming baroness who loses Christopher Plummer to Julie Andrews.
"Eleanor Parker was and is one of the most beautiful ladies I have ever known," said Plummer in a statement. “Both as a person and as a beauty. I hardly believe the sad news for I was sure she was enchanted and would live forever.”