Interview With Bette Davis Fan, Lara Gabrielle.

Hello readers.

I had the pleasure of conducting another interview on Bette Davis, this time with Lara Gabrielle, a classic film scholar, who currently resides in Oakland, California. Lara is a well noted blogger, and is the host of the blog “Backlots”, a blog which is dedicated to classic film and it’s stars. Lara has been a Judy Garland fan for as long as she can remember, and while she was still in high school she started to pursue an interest in classic Hollywood in general, and discovered Bette Davis, and instantly became a fan. Her appreciation of the stars of the silver screen remain a strong presence in her life today. Her enthusiastic approach to the golden era has led her to attending tours of Hollywood and it’s movie studios for her blog, and meeting stars like Olivia de Havilland. In this interview Lara explains that Bette has always been a favorite of hers. Other stars that appear among her favorites are, Barbara Stanwyck, Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine, who she recently conducted an interview with for her blog.

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Q: You have been a Bette fan for quite sometime. When did you first discover Bette and what made you become passionate about her?

A: I first discovered Bette when I was in high school. I had been a Judy Garland fan for years and was just starting to branch out into a love of classic Hollywood in general. I was drawn in by Bette’s intelligence, assertiveness and no-nonsense attitude, coupled with an incredible versatility that allowed her to be gentle and sweet onscreen when the role called for it. That, to me, is a mark of a great actress, to be able to play the hardest of characters (Whatever Happened to Baby Jane) and the softest of characters (All This and Heaven, Too) with equal aplomb.

Q: Bette is an inspiration to many people of all ages. What inspires you most about Bette?

A: On several occasions I have thought “What would Bette do in this situation?” I have a personality that tends toward trying to appease other people and put their needs before my own, and sometimes it gets me into trouble. In those cases, I try to channel Bette and think about what she would do if she were in my shoes, and it helps me to be more assertive in stating my needs. Bette knew how to get what she needed, and that was a big part in the success of her career.

Q: Bette is largely popular among young audiences of today. Many young people are starting to discover Bette and admiring her. What do you think attracts the young audiences to Bette?

A: I think young audiences are attracted to Bette because of her uniqueness. Her unusual looks make her stand out and be noticed, and then you think “Wow, she can REALLY act!” Young audiences who are just getting into classic film tend to notice Bette more than many actresses with conventional, perfect beauty because her looks (and her beauty, because she really was beautiful despite what she thought) are so unique. And after they notice her, they notice what she can do.

Q: Bette has starred in many films and has played many diverse roles and always delivered a fine performance. She could portray many different characters, and whatever role she played she always made that character shine. Even though Bette has appeared in so many successful films, everyone has a favorite Bette movie or a film that remains vivid in their memory. What is your favorite Bette movie?

A: My favorite Bette movie is “Dark Victory.” I think the plot is so riveting, and Bette gives one of the performances of her career. How she goes from this sort of self-involved bon vivant at the beginning of the movie to a selfless wife at the end, shows Bette’s range as an actress. I think the chemistry in that movie is wonderful as well, Bette’s chemistry with every member of the cast is one of the things that makes the movie what it is. It’s a real team effort.

Q: Bette has so many unforgettable moments, whether it’s in a film, an interview etc, but everybody has their favorite Bette moment. A moment that really shines in their memory. What is your favorite Bette moment?

A: I love the moment in the Dick Cavett interview where she tells him that she’ll tell him about her wedding night and she’ll have him on the floor for 3 hours. When the audience starts laughing Bette sees the innuendo, she says “No, I did not mean THAT! NOOOO! I meant LAUGHING on the floor, LAUGHING!” It shows her humanity, and her sense of humor.

Q: Bette passed away in October 1989. What was your first reaction upon hearing about her death. How did it affect you?

A: I wasn’t aware of Bette Davis when she died, I was 4 years old. When I became a Bette fan, I was surprised to learn that she died during my lifetime, even if I was still a toddler.

Q: Bette has a huge impact on a lot of people. What impact does Bette have on you?

A: Again, I think Bette helps me to be more assertive in my dealings with people. The fact that she alone took on Warner Bros. inspires me–and I say “Well, if Bette can take on Warner Bros., I can assert my needs in this situation!” It really helps.

Q: No matter what decade, Bette always remained the star of her own pictures. Even in her later years when her pictures began to decline, she always made her character highly notable. What is your favorite Bette period. 30′s, 40′s, 50′s, 60′s, 70′s or 80′s?

A: I think I like Bette in the 1930s, mostly because my favorite decade in Hollywood is the 1930s. Also I think she was still just getting started in Hollywood, Warner Bros. was still experimenting with her and she was still learning. I think she did some of her best acting in the 1930s–with Jezebel, Of Human Bondage, Dark Victory…and I think a lot of that was due to to the fact that she was still young and fresh. By the time 1940 came around, she was already a veteran Hollywood actress.

Q: Every fan has a certain Bette item that they cherish the most. What Bette possession do you most cherish?

A: I have a beautiful magazine ad from “The Letter.” I got it at Cinecon last year and it is displayed on my wall–Bette looks very shocked!

Q: Many people have had the rare opportunity to meet Bette, or others have written to her and have been fortunate enough to attain her autograph. Have you ever had any dealings with Bette. Have you ever sent her a fan letter & she replied, or have you been lucky enough to meet her?

A: I never met Bette, I was so young when she died, but I know people who have. A man who works at an antique shop down the street from me met her several times, and he speaks very highly of her. He says that she was staggeringly intelligent–she could converse on any topic from the film industry to politics to literature to history. He was very taken with her and talks to me about Bette every time I come in.

Q: If you had to introduce Bette to a young person, what films would you recommend?

A: I would definitely recommend Jezebel, and probably Now, Voyager. Bette is so beautiful in both of those movies, and gives very strong performances that are indicative of her persona.

Q: Bette was a very beautiful person with unique attractiveness. She had the appeal, charm and charisma like any of the well noted Hollywood beauties. In which movie do you think Bette appears the most glamorous?

A: In terms of classic beauty, Jezebel, for sure. Those costumes! But honestly there are many movies where Bette looks glamorous, in her own way. As I mentioned before, her beauty is unique and glamor has a bit of a different meaning for her. She’s beautiful in “The Letter,” she’s beautiful in “Mr. Skeffington,” she’s beautiful in “All This and Heaven, Too.”

Q: Bette is known for playing a lot of unsympathetic characters. Characters that are mean and evil. Out of all the characters that Bette has portrayed, which character do you think is the most evil?

A: Oh, I think Baby Jane Hudson is the meanest! But in both of the movies where she plays twins, Dead Ringer and A Stolen Life, there is one REALLY mean twin!

Q: In your own words how would you best describe Bette Davis?

A: I would describe her as a witty, intelligent, tell-it-like-it-is woman with phenomenal acting gifts who made huge waves in Hollywood and paved the way for many actresses to come, both in her acting and in her dealings with the authorities. Bette was not to be confined by rules, and that was the hallmark of her persona and the reason behind her great success.

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Thank you Lara for taking the time to be interviewed. It was a real delight, and I look forward to conducting the Barbara Stanwyck interview with you.

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By Crystal Kalyana Crawford.

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Interview With Bette Davis Fan, Tom Selis.

Hello readers.

While in the process of conducting interviews with fans of Bette Davis, yesterday I had the pleasure of interviewing Tom Selis, who currently resides in New Jersey. Tom has been an avid follower of Classic Hollywood from a very young age. When he was a teenager he wrote to several classic stars including Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, and was fortunate enough to attain their autograph. His appreciation of the stars from the silver screen remain a strong presence in his life today. In this interview Tom explains that Bette has always been one of his favorite actresses. Other stars that appear among his favorites are Joan Crawford, Barbara Stanwyck and Cary Grant.

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Q: You have been a Bette fan for quite sometime. When did you first discover Bette and what made you become passionate about her?

A: I became a Bette Davis fan when I was about 10 years old and watched “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” on television. This was the first time I ever saw Bette Davis and I was immediately fascinated and in awe of her.

Q: Bette is an inspiration to many people of all ages. What inspires you most about Bette?

A: Bette Davis’ strength, ambition, and determination to succeed in whatever endeavor she persued is what inspires me.

Q: Bette is largely popular among young audiences of today. Many young people are starting to discover Bette and admiring her. What do you think attracts the young audiences to Bette?

A: Bette Davis is popular among young audiences today I think is because of her endless drive and ambition to achieve ultimate success in her personal life and career without being defeated.

Q: Bette has starred in many films and has played many diverse roles and always delivered a fine performance. She could portray many different characters, and whatever role she played she always made that character shine. Even though Bette has appeared in so many successful films, everyone has a favorite Bette movie or a film that remains vivid in their memory. What is your favorite Bette movie?

A: It is difficult to narrow down one particular Bette Davis film to call my favorite. However, I will  name my favorite movie of hers from each decade. “Dark Victory” (1939)”The Little Foxes” (1941) “All About Eve” (1950) “Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte”(1964) “Death on the Nile” (1978) and “The Whales of August” (1987).

Q: Bette has so many unforgettable moments, whether it’s in a film, an interview etc, but everybody has their favorite Bette moment. A moment that really shines in their memory. What is your favorite Bette moment?

A: My favorite Bette Davis moment is seeing her come back with such vigor and energy after suffering a mastectomy and stroke to continue her career.

Q: Bette passed away in October 1989. What was your first reaction upon hearing about her death. How did it affect you?

A: I was very saddened and shocked upon hearing of Bette Davis’ death on October 6, 1989. Although I was aware of her poor health, I  thought she would keep on going for many more years making films.

Q: Bette has a huge impact on a lot of people. What impact does Bette have on you?

A: Bette Davis’ drive and ambition to never give up no matter what obstacles are present has made a lasting impact on me.

Q: No matter what decade, Bette always remained the star of her own pictures. Even in her later years when her pictures began to decline, she always made her character highly notable. What is your favorite Bette period. 30′s, 40′s, 50′s, 60′s, 70′s or 80′s?

A: My favorite Bette Davis period is during the 1940’s. She was in many excellent and top notch films in that decade. “The Letter”, “The Little Foxes”, “The Great Lie”, “Now Voyager”, Mr. Skeffington”, “Deception” and “A Stolen Life”.

Q: Every fan has a certain Bette item that they cherish the most. What Bette possession do you most cherish?

A: My favorite Bette Davis possessions are an autographed photo I received from her and of course her films.

Q: You have written to Bette & have been fortunate enough to receive her autograph. Tell us about that? How many times have you wrote to her etc?

A: Many years ago I wrote Bette Davis a fan letter and she did reply and sent me an autographed photograph .Actually to be more specific, it wasn’t a photograph, it was a copy of a painting done of Miss Davis that I received from her.

Q: If you had to introduce Bette to a young person, what films would you recommend?

A: If I had to introduce Bette Davis to a young person the first film I would recommend is “All About Eve” . Her character Margo Channing is a perfect example of a person who has a strong desire for success in her career and personal life- both of which are extremely important then and now.

Q: Bette was a very beautiful person with unique attractiveness. She had the appeal, charm and charisma like any of the well noted Hollywood beauties. In which movie do you think Bette appears the most glamorous?

A: In my opinion, Bette Davis appeared most glamorous in “Now,Voyager”. Her transformation of Charlotte Vale from an ‘ugly duckling’ to a chic, stylish glamorous beauty is breath taking.

Q: Bette is known for playing a lot of unsympathetic characters. Characters that are mean and evil. Out of all the characters that Bette has portrayed, which character do you think is the most evil?

A: Bette Davis’ most unsympathetic characters she has portrayed on the screen are Regina Giddens in “The Little Foxes” and Stanley Timberlake in “In This Our Life”Both characters are greedy, selfish, cold hearted mean, and  vicious to the core.

Q: In your own words how would you best describe Bette Davis?

A: I would best describe Bette Davis as a woman and actress with complete control and intelligence who never accepted defeat under any circumstances. She knew her craft and accepted nothing but the BEST . Miss Bette Davis was the BEST!

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Thank you Tom for taking the time to be interviewed. It was a delight, and I look forward to conducting the Joan interview with you.

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By Crystal Kalyana Crawford.

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Interview With Bette Davis Fan, Robin Kolodny.

Hello Readers.

I had the pleasure of conducting another interview on Bette Davis. This time with Robin Kolodny, who currently resides in Florida, USA. Robin explains how she’s been an ardent supporter of Bette since a very young age, and how Bette has helped shaped her life. Growing up Robin dreamed about meeting Bette and hoped that one day her dreams will eventuate. Sadly that dream never evolved, however she did come close, and them moments remain a vivid memory for Robin.

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Q: You have been a Bette fan for quite sometime. When did you first discover Bette and what made you become passionate about her?

A: I first discovered Bette when I was about 9 years old. I was watching TV and stumbled across All About Eve – I was hooked from that moment on. I was simply mesmerized by Bette from the moment I saw her.

Q: Bette is an inspiration to many people of all ages. What inspires you most about Bette?

A: I love that Bette Davis stood up for what she believed in. When she wasn’t getting meaty roles, she challenged the system head on. Although she lost her court battle, Warner Brothers began casting her in better and better roles – so her efforts paid off. She was also never afraid of looking unattractive in films, something many other actresses would shy away from.

Q: Bette is largely popular among young audiences of today. Many young people are starting to discover Bette and admiring her. What do you think attracts the young audiences to Bette?

A: I believe that there are some people who can see beyond the somewhat one- dimensional performers that are our current stars. These young movie lovers can look at someone like Bette Davis and see the difference. She is totally distinctive and her range of roles is unparalleled. She wasn’t a “one hit wonder” or “fly-by-night” star like many of today’s actors who have one great role and then are never seen again.

Q: Bette has starred in many films and has played many diverse roles and always delivered a fine performance. She could portray many different characters, and whatever role she played she always made that character shine. Even though Bette has appeared in so many successful films, everyone has a favorite Bette movie or a film that remains vivid in their memory. What is your favorite Bette movie?

A: All About Eve

Q: Bette has so many unforgettable moments, whether it’s in a film, an interview etc, but everybody has their favorite Bette moment. A moment that really shines in their memory. What is your favorite Bette moment?

A: There are really too many to say – I literally get chills watching her! There are certain scenes in which her performance is SO powerful that I react with emotion every time. One such scene is in Dark Victory as she climbs up the stairs to prepare for her final moments in life.  I find this scene particularly powerful and no matter how many times I watch it, I need tissues! I also love so many of her lines in All About Eve – her delivery is exemplary. So perfect in every way. Other favorite moments are in Now Voyager in the scenes with Gladys Cooper who plays her mother. Her frumpy, uneasy Charlotte descends the stairs to be questioned by Claude Rains – what an unbelieveable transformation comes after this, but her early moments in this film are priceless.

Q: Bette passed away in October 1989. What was your first reaction upon hearing about her death. How did it affect you?

A: I was in college at New York University at the time – I was 20 years old. I knew she was ill and though I had previously seen her at her Lincoln Center honor in April of that year. I had a terrible seat at the back but I was in the same room as Bette. That was the closest I ever got to actually meeting her. When she died, my lifelong dream of meeting my idol was crushed. That made me sad beyond belief. It would never happen. I felt as if the world had lost the greatest actress who ever lived – and there would simply never be a replacement for her. There couldn’t be. She was one of a kind.

Q: Bette has a huge impact on a lot of people. What impact does Bette have on you?

A: Bette had an enormous impact on me from day one. My interest in old movies stemmed from my discovery of Bette. This actually then influenced what I studied in college. I was a Cinema Studies major. I was totally focused on learning everything I could about classic films, their stars and how they were made. I also learned about difference genres, directors and many other facets of the history of film.

Q: No matter what decade, Bette always remained the star of her own pictures. Even in her later years when her pictures began to decline, she always made her character highly notable. What is your favorite Bette period. 30′s, 40′s, 50′s, 60′s, 70′s or 80′s?

A: In general I would have to say both the 30’s and 40’s.

Q: Every fan has a certain Bette item that they cherish the most. What Bette possession do you most cherish?

A: If you are speaking about something I own, I would have to say my autographed letter and personalized photo from her. I did purchase a purse she once owned and have had the unique opportunity to have been able to try on some of her dresses before the auction of her items in NY in 1990. I was an intern at CNN-Showbiz Today at the time and had special access to the items since we were doing a story on it. Also, my great aunt was a high bidder at this auction house, so I had a front row seat at the auction with her and actually sat in FRONT of Bette’s son and other friends and relatives who were there. Unfortunately, my aunt didn’t get anything that day.

Q: You have written to Bette & have been fortunate enough to receive her autograph. Tell us about that? How many times have you wrote to her etc?

A: In the early days, right after I discovered Bette I went on a quest to make contact with her. I wrote her constantly. I sent her photos, valentine cards – you name it. I know they reached her because I received several autographed photos. Then, one day in 1980 (I was not even 11 years old!) I opened my mailbox and saw that distinctive handwriting on an envelope! There was no return address. I opened it and right there on her special ladybug stationary was a personalized letter to me! Then a few days later I received a personalized autographed picture. These remain my prized possessions that I had specially framed and I see every day in my home. These prove that she actually knew I existed and cared so much for her – that meant everything to me.

Q: If you had to introduce Bette to a young person, what films would you recommend?

A: There are so many great ones, but to see the full range of her talents I would probably recommend Of Human Bondage, Dangerous, Jezebel, Dark Victory, The Old Maid, The Letter, Now Voyager, Mr. Skeffington, All About Eve, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte, Dead Ringer.

Q: In your own words how would you best describe Bette?

A: Bette Davis was an actress with her own special aura that nobody could ever even come close to replicating. She was so unbelievably distinctive in her performances, that she made every role her own. I could never even dream of a remake of any of her films. How could there be? Why would anyone want to see anyone OTHER than Bette in these roles? She was a woman whose passion for acting and excellence was upheld throughout her entire life. She never stopped working even when she was really too physically ill to do so. She was no quitter. The world lost a truly unique person when Bette Davis died. The legacy she has left us in her large body of work is something that I hope that future generations for years to come will learn to love and appreciate. There will never be another Bette Davis.

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Thank you Robin for taking the time to answer the questions. It was a great honor to have interviewed you.

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Interview with Bette Davis Fan, Marielle O’Neill.

Hello readers.

I had the pleasure of conducting an interview with longtime Bette fan Marielle O’Neill, who currently resides in the UK. As a teenager Marielle had taken a strong interest in Bette and soon after became an ardent supporter. Marielle was kind enough to answer a few questions about her discovery of Bette Davis and how she remains a strong influence in her life.

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Q: You have been a Bette fan for quite sometime. When did you first discover Bette and what made you become passionate about her?

A: My Mum had told me that Bette Davis was a ‘good actress’ when she noticed one of her films, ‘Death on the Nile’ was on TV when I was a teenager, I watched a bit of it but didn’t become a Bette fan then. A while later I got into Classic Hollywood especially film noirs and eventually watched ‘All About Eve’. When I saw Bette in ‘All About Eve’, I thought she was the most charismatic woman I’d ever seen and I fell in love with her. I also thought ‘All About Eve’ was the most literate and witty film I’ve ever seen and it remains my favourite film. I was about 16 when I fell in love with Bette. It was Bette’s charisma, acting talent, glamour, intellect and wit that made me a fan of her and importantly the fact that she was a very strong woman.

Q: Bette is an inspiration to many people of all ages. What inspires you most about Bette?

A: That she was a strong, intelligent woman who was always completely herself- there was nothing fake about Bette Davis. I also feel she is the greatest actress from ‘The Golden Age of Hollywood’ so I admire her greatly for her acting talents. I love the fact that she actively chose difficult roles and unsympathetic roles realising that these were often the best roles  in terms of acting and in being memorable. I love that although she was a great beauty she always put creating a realistic looking character above looking pretty herself, often making herself look less attractive for a role. Bette was the first leading lady character actress.

Q: Bette is largely popular among young audiences of today. Many young people are starting to discover Bette and admiring her. What do you think attracts the young audiences to Bette?

A: She was a strong woman, a feminist and was always honest, there was nothing fake about her- what you saw what what you got- all these things make Bette very modern in that she doesn’t seem like something artificially created at a movie studio in the 1930s and hence fake or artificial, she seems like a real person so she cuts through the years to remain a vibrant, living person. Bette being someone who was very much take me as I am worts and all means she has aged much better in terms of being a movie star than some of the glamour girls who seem rather passe now as they were artificial products of the studio system. The fact that she made many classic movies also means people are enjoying her work today- her work has definitely stood the test of time.

Q: Bette has starred in many films and has played many diverse roles and always delivered a fine performance. She could portray many different characters, and whatever role she played she always made that character shine. Even though Bette has appeared in so many successful films, everyone has a favorite Bette movie or a film that stand outs in their memory. What is your favorite Bette movie?

A: ‘All About Eve’.

Q: Bette has so many unforgettable moments, whether it’s in a film, an interview etc, but everybody has their favorite Bette moment. A moment that really shines in their memory. What is your favorite Bette moment?

A: Any scene from ‘Eve’ or ‘Baby Jane’.

Q: Bette has a huge impact on a lot of people. What impact does Bette have on you?

A: Bette inspires me to be strong and not care what others think.

Q: What is your favorite Bette period. 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s or 80’s?

A: 1950s- ‘All About Eve’ era.

Q: Every fan has a certain Bette item that they cherish the most. What Bette possession do you most cherish?

A: Gary Merrill’s book and rare pics.

Q: If you had to introduce Bette to a young person, what films would you recommend?

A: ‘All About Eve’, ‘Baby Jane’.

Q: In Your own words how would you best describe Bette?

A: As a very strong woman. As the greatest actress of The Golden Age of Hollywood. As an iron butterfly. As a beautiful, intelligent woman.

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Thank you Marielle for taking the time to answer the questions. It was a great honor to have interviewed you.

By Crystal Kalyana Crawford.

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Blog Update: Bette Davis.

Hello dear readers,

Just to inform you that I’ve added Bette Davis as another subject on this blog. It was suggested to me by a fellow blogger that I add another topic in order to get more traffic. I thought about it for a while & realized it was a great idea to cover another actress as another blog subject along with Joan Crawford, Barbara Stanwyck & Katharine Hepburn. The content on this blog will still remain the same.

Congratulations Bette for making it on Love Is A Fire. Three cheers for Miss Davis.

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Dueling Divas Blogathon.

Hello readers

Joan Crawford, Barbara Stanwyck & Katharine Hepburn: Love Is A Fire, presents the Dueling Divas Blogathon.

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For Christmas this year, Backlots will once again be hosting the third annual Dueling Divas Blogathon, which will take place on December 22nd. I’m proud to announce that I will be participating in this Blogathon by contributing a detailed account of the Joan Crawford & Bette Davis feud.

Lara Gabrielle ( Author of Backlots ) is currently taking registrations. If there are any other bloggers that would like to participate in the Dueling Divas Blogathon, please contact Lara, or visit her blog Backlots to register.

This is a fun event, and remember you can write about any of the dueling divas from one of the famous off screen feuds like Bette Davis & Joan Crawford, or the sibling feud & rivalry between Olivia de Havilland & Joan Fontaine, or one of those on screen feuds for example, Margo Channing & Eve Harrington in “All About Eve”. There is an array of different Hollywood disputes to write about, that will get everybody highly anticipated.

So unleash those claws & get ready for one big cat fight. Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy blogathon.

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Angela Lansbury Receives Honorary Oscar.

grrHello readers. Great news for all Classic Hollywood fans. Angela Lansbury received the Honorary Oscar at the governor Awards tonight in Los Angeles for her contribution to film. There is no other star that deserves this award as much as Angela. From cinema, television to theatre, Angela Lansbury has done it all. While primarily known for her famous portrayal of Jessica Fletcher in the television series “Murder She Wrote”, which made her a household name, Lansbury has starred in an array of films, some of them being the most successful pictures Hollywood has produced.

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With a career spanning seventy years, Angela remains one of the brightest stars to ever grace the Silver Screen. Since her breakthrough role in “Gaslight” 1944, Lansbury has barely stopped working. Almost seven decades later, at age 88, Angela continues to be one of the most enduring stars of Hollywood, and has no plans of retiring yet.

Earlier this year, Angela toured Australia in the stage production of “Driving Miss Daisy”. I was lucky enough to see her show in Perth. That was a night not to be forgotten. She gave a phenomenal performance and was absolutely outstanding. I was thrilled just being in the same theatre with Hollywood Royalty. It was after the show that I discovered that Angie is also very good with fans. I was fortunate enough to meet her twice & on both occasions she was very down to earth. She was more than happy to sign our programme book & pose for a photo with me the second time.

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A few weeks later I wrote to Angie’s home address, thanking her for such a great show. You can only imagine how thrilled I was when I checked the mail about two weeks later & seen an envelope from Angela Lansbury in the box. She had received my mail & autographed a few more photos for me.

With all that on her filmography, it’s only fair that Angela is finally being recognized and awarded for all her achievements. While many of her contemporaries have long passed, Lansbury is still highly noted in the film industry and continues to captivate audiences with her everlasting talent, charisma and magnetism.

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Upon hearing the news that she was finally going to attain an Honorary Oscar, Angela went on stating:

“I was driving back in the car from the Van Nuys Airport and there was this phone call that came through. It was a message from my son Anthony saying, “Please call me. I have some very important news to tell you.” And I thought, “Oh my God. Something’s happened.” You know, with family, that’s the first thing you think of. So, I called him back and he said, “Mom, I just want you to know that you are due to receive an honorary Oscar this year, and isn’t it exciting?” I was really very moved because I hadn’t expected it in my wildest dreams. It never occurred to me, quite frankly. I thought, “Well, the time has gone by and it hasn’t happened, but who knows? Maybe I’ll get another wonderful part in a movie.”

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Angela expressed her feelings on receiving the Oscar by saying:

“It was quite an emotional moment, It’s a nod for everything I’ve done, in a sense. That’s what it means to me: It is really an acknowledgement of a good career, a good career as an actress in Hollywood.”

Congratulations Angela, and here’s hoping that one day you will eventually be awarded with the “Lifetime Achievement Award”.

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