but i might see his film 'what about love' when it comes out.
sharon stone. and she's certainly getting publicity for her as its being filmed.
good going for sharon.
she's never to be counted out.
she hasn't gotten the best parts but she really is a star and that's why, hit or miss, the world still gives a damn about sharon stone.
another survivor is a 'downtown abbey' star - shirley maclaine. john walsh ('independent') reports:
For she is Hollywood royalty, no question. At 78, she can boast a 59-year career, a Best Actress Oscar (on her fifth nomination), four Golden Globes and, this year, the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award, than which there is no higher accolade. She's been directed by Alfred Hitchcock, William Wyler, Don Siegel and Richard Attenborough. She has acted with Frank Sinatra, Jack Lemmon, Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Clint Eastwood and Anne Bancroft. In an apotheosis of Hollywood narcissism, she has played herself on TV in Out on a Limb. There is, needless to say, a star bearing her name on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Not everything in Ms MacLaine's life, however, has won applause and global approval. From early days, she's shown a remarkable ability to get up people's noses. She has a reputation as a tough bunny. Sometimes she has seemed typecast as a tart-without-much-of-a-heart, from Irma La Douce to Two Mules for Sister Sara. "It's hard to feel much warmth for her," said Don Siegel, who directed the latter film." She's too unfeminine and has too much balls. She's very, very hard." Anthony Hopkins, who worked beside her in A Change of Seasons, called her "the most obnoxious actress I have ever worked with".
One reason may be the memory of the time she sued a studio and won. Offered a part by 20th Century Fox in a film that was cancelled, she was offered a lesser role in another film so that the studio wouldn't have to pay her off. She took Fox to the Supreme Court of California in 1970 – and won. Hollywood doesn't forgive such treatment. Another reason may be that she has always contrived to run a secondary career, made up of autobiographical books, explorations of mysticism, TV shows (Shirley's World) and political activism. Her enthralment by Eastern mysticism, though doubtless sincere, seemed earnest to an irritating degree in books such as The Camino, which took her on a "journey of the spirit", through several past lives to the origins of the universe.
i did not know shirley was trying to mount a project about louise brooks, the silent film star. that's in the article. i would really be interested in that. i think a lot of people would be.
but i'd really love to see a film about louise rainer. she was the first actress to win 2 best actress oscars. (jane fonda, sally field, bette davis and jodie foster are a few of the actresses who've also managed that feat - katharine hepburn holds the record with 4 best actress oscars).
she was married to clifford odets - who cheated on her repeatedly.
she was an mgm star and it's though her marriage hurt her with the suits and helped destroy her career.
'the great ziegfield' and 'the good earth' were her big hits and oscar winning roles. she's 102 and still kicking (103 in january). she's probably the oldest living best actress oscar winner.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'