I do. There’s a question of degree, certainly, and while the term Dragon Lady implies an implacable force, the bitch epithet contains a big splash of disrespect and venom. One… Read more Tell me, don’t you think there’s a difference between calling someone a Dragon Lady or a bitch? →
I beg my readers indulgence. I won’t have a clear or cogent thought for a couple of days, and that will only be achieved by a massive intake of coffee.… Read more Reprise: And the Oscar goes to… →
“I found that the best way to handle filmmakers was to hang medals all over them. If I got them cups and awards they’d kill themselves to produce what I wanted. That’s why the Academy Award was created.” Louis B. Mayer
This week a series of posts about the Academy Awards, but I thought we’d start at the inception, the organizing banquet at the Biltmore on May 11th, 1927.
Who danced and dined here? Just about everybody. A couple from the 1930’s: The room was redesigned in 1934 by Mary Jeffras: The crowd could have contained anyone… Joan Crawford,… Read more The Cocoanut Grove at the Ambassador Hotel, redesigned by Mary Jeffras in 1934 →
From 1921 until 1989 the Ambassador Hotel was THE place to be in Hollywood. It housed dignitaries and stars and in-laws, and played hosts to weddings and the Academy Awards.… Read more Elation and tragedy, the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles… →
I don’t care who you are. When you sit down to write the first page of your screenplay, in your head, you’re also writing your Oscar acceptance speech. Nora Ephron
I may be just about three Chardonnays past I don’t give a damn… I could talk about a few producers (like the extra dozen listed in the credits) not knowing… Read more I don’t care who you are. When you sit down to write the first page of your screenplay, in your head, you’re also writing your Oscar acceptance speech. Nora Ephron →