“The pair even discussed doing a jazz album inspired by her role in ‘After Midnight’ and a performance with the National Symphony Orchestra from earlier in the year.”
“The film company that made the movies, 20th Century Fox, posted a photograph of C3PO standing next to Baker’s Star Wars character, and wrote: ‘Rest in peace, Kenny Baker, the heart and soul of R2D2.'”
Remember the singer at the top of the Robert Altman movie ‘Cookie’s Fortune’? That was Ruby Wilson.
“To detain one of India’s biggest celebrities would itself attract international headlines, but this, he said, was the third time that he had been held then released while traveling in the United States.”
“In 1944 at the age of 76, Foster Jenkins sold out Carnegie Hall – more than 2,000 people were turned away from the door – with a recital of opera arias that she performed off key. Listen to Streep recount this history in the audio above and watch the entire interview in the video below.”
“For all of conductor Robert Page’s accolades, there may be no better example of his prowess in choral music than this: He improved a Robert Shaw choir.”
“In 1962, Neizvestny met Khrushchev at an art show held by the Moscow Manege. Khrushchev derided the sculptor’s work for being ‘degenerate'” – to which Neizvestny, a burly war hero, replied, “I’m not afraid of your threats.” The sculptor emigrated to the U.S. in 1976, and went on to have public works on three continents.
“His path crossed Buddhists and crusading warriors, the Bedouin and Venetian sailors, ambassadors, monks, sorcerers, and snake charmers. Along the way he wrote the Seyahatname (‘Book of Travels’), a magnificent ten-volume sprawl of fantasy, biography, and reportage that is utterly unique in the canon of travel literature, and which confirms Evliya [Çelebi] as one of the great storytellers of the seventeenth century.”
At age 17, she became the youngest singer ever to debut at the Met, where she was known for soubrette and coloratura roles and sang 225 performances over 15 years. She sang popular standards on her own radio show in the 1940s, became a beloved leading lady on Broadway, and even had her own variety series, The Patrice Munsel Show, on ABC in 1957 and ’58.
“[She] directed productions for Opera Company of Philadelphia, Cincinnati Opera, Teatro Colón, and New York City Opera. Since 2012, she had been associate professor at the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan.” Says former Opera Company of Philadelphia chief Robert Driver, “She is probably the only director who never raised her voice.”
“Here on St. Joseph Street [in Mobile, Alabama], on July 23, 1927, one of the most fortuitous meetings in American literary history occurred. … When Hurston invited [Hughes] to join her expedition – in her little car, nicknamed ‘Sassy Susie’ – Hughes happily accepted.”
The trouble really started around 1880, when the wife of a congressman wrote, “By what right must the people of the world ask Mr. Levy for permission to visit the grave and home of Thomas Jefferson? Surely he does not want a whole nation forever crawling at his feet for permission to worship at this shrine of our independence.”
“With Olive Kitteridge, I remember at one point, I thought, uh-oh, this is really going out there – and I remember very consciously telling myself, don’t be careful. Do not be careful. You’ve got to let her be who she is.”
“Enter Elliot Tiber, one of the unlikeliest heroes of the 1960s counterculture. A former yeshiva student from Brooklyn who did not even smoke marijuana, he spent his weekends helping his parents operate the shabby, money-losing El Monaco Motel in nearby Bethel. During the week, he worked as an interior decorator in Manhattan and frequented the city’s gay bars, a routine that had recently plunged him into the Stonewall uprising.”
“Her end-of-year lists were sacred anointments of the chosen titles; she was reputed to be able to make or break a book, much as the New York Times’ theater critic was said to determine the fate of a new play.”
“When the Chevalier d’Eon left France in 1762, it was as a diplomat, a spy in the French king’s service, a Dragoon captain, and a man. When he returned in July 1777, at the age of 49, it was as a celebrity, a writer, an intellectual, and a woman – according to a declaration by the government of France. What happened? And why?”
“At one point I filmed something which I was not allowed to do, so I wanted to have it edited or deleted. But … we were unable to delete it, and they wanted to take the entire memory hard drive. And I said, ‘But it contains two days’ worth of shooting, that would be terrible.’ So I said, ‘You know what, I can guarantee to you that I’m not going to use this material.’ And they said, ‘Guarantee, what do you mean by that?'” (podcast)
“Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami was the subject of a hoax on social media today, as a Twitter account seemingly belonging to his Japanese publisher Shinchosa tweeted a message claiming he had died.”
“An award-winning writer of books, columns, plays and poetry … Northrup was a storyteller, known for his stark and honest writing about his experience as a U.S. Marine in Vietnam and his early years at a federal boarding school. He was funny and pointed in his writings about everyday life on the reservation, politics and change in Indian Country.”
“When people were invited onstage at a recent performance of “Penn & Teller on Broadway,” many women looked as if they had stepped out of a jazzercise class, while men ambled around in hideous cargo shorts.”
“Theater today is ridiculously inaccessible as it is, and to tell people they have to dress a certain way to participate is unfair.”
“I don’t think there was anyone in the theater community more beloved than Jim,” the playwright Tony Kushner, whose work was featured in Signature’s 2010-11 season, wrote in an email. “He had a great soul and a grand capacity for friendship and love. He was smart and passionate. He built his singular legacy, founded on his devotion to playwrights’ work and to playwrights themselves, with a uniquely sweet, generous spirit; with unflagging optimism; and with grace.”
“Mr. McConaughey – Oscar winner, Texan, renowned bongo player – has signed a contract … to serve as creative director for Wild Turkey bourbon. The multiyear deal goes far beyond pitching a product, … he will write and direct the spots. He has also involved himself in recording music for the campaign.”
“I go to extraordinary lengths not to hear what people are saying about me. But that is itself a form of, well, it’s a form of self-protection because I know that all I have to do is hear one phrase—somebody will report to me all innocently, oh, somebody said such-and-such about me or about something I wrote, like I did this piece for the New Yorker a year-and-a-half ago where I made some, I thought, sensible points about the reality of climate change and the unavoidability of radical climate change, and people said, ‘Oh God, somebody called you a birdbrain’.”
“Zelda Fichandler dedicated her early career to the establishment of America’s resident theater movement. When she co-founded Arena Stage, there were few non-commercial theaters in the United States and fewer theaters committed to providing a full range of world-class drama to its community with a resident company of professional actors.”
The meteoric rise of the author of The Selling of the President 1968, the split with his family (“I get off the plane after doing Merv Griffin and the Tonight Show and have to leave for Paris and your mother tells me I need to take out the trash”), the intermittent happy visits, and the long, depressive, alcohol-fueled decline.
She began her film career at age 11 with a bit part in Chaplin’s Modern Times and went on to appear as a perky sweetheart alongside stars from Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra to Lucille Ball, Rosalind Russell and Nancy Reagan. After MGM’s musicals went out of fashion, she developed a career as a character actress in such series as As the World Turns, Ryan’s Hope, and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.
Yves Bonnefoy “never ceased insisting that happiness and fulfilment were not to be sought in some other world, but rather in the here and now of our earthly condition and in the simple realities that all people share. His poetic project was profoundly spiritual, but it was atheistic.”
“Zelda Fichandler, a seminal figure in the regional theater movement who led Arena Stage in Washington for 41 years, producing more than 400 shows and directing more than 50 for a company that helped spur the growth of professional theater around the country and became its centerpiece in the nation’s capital, died on Friday at her home in Washington.”
Captain Kirk and “Star Trek” has been the springboard for everything subsequent to that. Of course, one has no idea what would have happened. That’s one of the most formless of questions, “What would have happened?” because you don’t know.