Archive for April 14th, 2009

Grey Gardens…

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

FILMMAKING

The long move into ‘Grey Gardens’

 

Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore

 Jessica Lange, left, and Drew Barrymore star in “Grey Gardens.”
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

 

 By Choire Sicha
Los Angeles Times
April 15, 2009

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Reporting from New York — Drew Barrymore, facing a window onto Central Park, held up a mirror. She took a long time reapplying her lipstick.

 

“Most of my best friends are gay and they all act like her, talk like her, dress like her at certain moments — they all quote her all the time,” she said, in her somewhat spooky way.

 

Gay men — well, not all of them, but many — do revere and constantly talk about Edith “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale, the crazy-fabulous younger half of the East Hampton mother and daughter recluse-team made famous by the 1975 Maysles brothers (and company) documentary “Grey Gardens.” The family had been flush in the Depression — but, as revealed in the documentary, once left to their own devices, Jacqueline Kennedy’s aunt and cousin rapidly became crazy cat ladies and a town scandal. The last signs of their class were the house itself and their starchy, grating half-mid-Atlantic, half- Long Island accents.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Obit: Maxine Cooper

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

OBITUARY

Maxine Cooper Gomberg dies at 84; actress in the film noir classic ‘Kiss Me Deadly’

 

Maxine Cooper Gomberg

 

By Valerie J. Nelson
Los Angeles Times
April 14, 2009

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Maxine Cooper Gomberg, an actress best known for playing the secretary in the 1955 film noir classic “Kiss Me Deadly,” has died. She was 84.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Obit: Jody McCrea

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

OBITUARY

Jody McCrea, actor and son of Joel McCrea and Frances Dee, dies at 74

 

 

Roswell Daily Record

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On April 4, 2009, Joel Dee “Jody” McCrea passed away from a storied and fulfilled life of Hollywood fame, worldly adventures, and ultimately peaceful tranquility found on the plains of New Mexico.

 

Born in Los Angeles on Sept. 6, 1934, Jody was the oldest of three sons to film actors Joel McCrea and Frances Dee. Upon the advice of their father’s mentor, Western entertainer Will Rogers, the McCreas purchased a ranch about an hour north of Los Angeles where Jody and his brothers were fortunate to be raised out of the spotlight. Jody’s rural upbringing, however, would not keep him out of the spotlight for long.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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