Posts Tagged ‘Roger Corman’

Academy Announces Governors Awards

Friday, September 11th, 2009


Bacall, Corman, Calley and Willis: Newest Oscar recipients a diverse bunch


Lauren Bacall


The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences knows you can’t keep a secret in this town, so it  announced the honorees of its first-ever Governors Awards event as soon as voting by the board of governors was finished about 11 p.m. Thursday.


Three deserving people, Lauren Bacall, cinematographer Gordon Willis and producer Roger Corman, were selected to receive honorary awards, meaning the Oscar statuette that has eluded each of them for a lifetime. Producer and veteran studio executive John Calley will receive the Irving G. Thalberg award, which is presented for excellence in producing and was last given to Dino De Laurentiis in 2001. No Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will be presented — Jerry Lewis got it in February.


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Obit…Hazel Court

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

‘Raven’ scream queen Hazel Court dies at 82


Cult horror star died of heart attack at home near Lake Tahoe, Calif.


The Associated Press
Wednesday, April. 16, 2008


LOS ANGELESHazel Court, a British beauty who co-starred with the likes of Boris Karloff and Vincent Price in horror movies of the 1950s and ’60s, has died. She was 82.


Court died Tuesday at her home near Lake Tahoe of a heart attack, her daughter said Wednesday.


While she had a substantial acting career both in England and on American TV, Court was perhaps best known for her work in such films as 1963’s “The Raven.” She co-starred with Price, Karloff and Peter Lorre in a Roger Corman take on the classic Edgar Allan Poe poem.


Corman directed her in five movies. Like other “scream queens” of the era, Court’s roles often relied on her cleavage and her ability to shriek in fear and die horrible deaths.


“The Premature Burial,” “The Masque of the Red Death,” “The Curse of Frankenstein” and “Devil Girl from Mars” helped propel her to cult status and brought her fan mail even in her later years.


Court had finished an autobiography, “Hazel Court — Horror Queen,” which will be published in Britain, said her daughter, Sally Walsh.