Later, recalling Thalberg, Fitzgerald wrote,?Show me a hero and I?ll write you a tragedy.? That was Monroe Stahr. Stahr is unlike Fitzgerald?s other major characters, neither frivolous like Amory Blaine, nor rotten like Anthony Patch, nor broken like Dick Diver. He comes close to Gatsby in his brilliance and far-off-ness, and perhaps if Fitzgerald had lived to finish writingThe Last Tycoon, Stahr would have come closer still. But unlike Gatsby, Stahr came by his gifts honestly, through hard work, and the love Stahr feels in the novel is driven not by what he can?t have but by what he has had and never will again. Although it?s primarily a romance (the novel?s full title, according to Fitzgerald?s lover Sheilah Graham, wasThe Love of the Last Tycoon: A Western), in its unfinished formThe Last Tycoonis as much a story of Stahr in Hollywood as it is the story of Stahr and Kathleen Moore.
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The presence of the Recording Academy?s Portnow in Chengdu testifies to just how quickly the China-Hollywood love affair is evolving. The Recording Academy is planning its own concert at the Chengdu forum, featuring performances by mid-tier artists including Michael Bolton and Jody Watley, alongside a few Chinese names including piano superstar Lang Lang. ( English article ) Unlike Katzenberg and Bewkes, who were gushing with praise about China, Portnow was considerably more low-key in his remarks in a media interview with the China Daily.
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But Esther Williams, who died at 91 this week, was so, well, vivid and so legendary, so good humored and honest she easily qualifies in that airy realm of being permanently imprinted in my memory. Oddly enough I was never a fan of Williams? lavish Technicolor swimming spectacles, the movies that made her an enduring global star from the 1940s until today. In fact I?d never seen most of them. But I knew from research they were incredibly popular, not just in the USA but in Asia, South America, where they continued to play for decades. When i first met and interviewed Williams nearly 20 years ago, it was a few years before her 1999 autobiography, the bestselling tell-it-like-it-was THE MILLION DOLLAR MERMAID where she laughed off the notion of sexual harrasment and suggested that macho '50s movie costar Jeff Chandler was secretly a drag queen. We met at the Ivy, the fashionable West Hollywood restaurant. Williams made a suitable movie star entrace, driving herself to the valet in a huge?70s gold Rolls that resembled an armored truck.?It was Fernando?s, he always liked it,? she said almost apologetically, referring to her long-gone husband Fernando Lamas who had died in 1982. We lunched on the outdoor terrace and as we were talking, a mild earthquake hit. The dishes on the Ivy walls rattled and everyone was suddenly silent. Then with a big smile, Williams leaned over to me, took my hand and said,?Was it as good for you as it was for me?? I left that lunch knowing that the one thing Williams resented the most was the?betrayal? of her fellow actors by Ronald Reagan who in line with his agent, the powerful Lew Wasserman, had agreed as head of the Screen Actors Guild in the late '50s to mark 1950 as the arbitrary line for residual payments. All movies made before 1950 which included many Williams hits would generate no income for stars like Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Van Johnson and so many others.?I want to be able to see my movies on Turner Classic Movies and know I?m getting paid for them,? she declared. It was to be an unfulfilled wish. TCM is broadcasting a 24-hour Esther Williams tribute, beginning Thursday, which supplants their previously scheduled lineup. The schedule is: THURSDAY, June 13 2:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time) Bathing Beauty (1944) Texas Carnival (1951) Goodbye Denise Anne Greenawalt I learned in Variety this week that Denise Anne Greenawalt, a remarkable longtime publicity executive at Disney, died in a Pasadena hospital on May 22. She was 52. Petite and handicapped, Denise never let her disability interfere with how she worked, treated people, behaved. She was always a positive rescource at one of the studio?s film junkets, bustling about with her little dog on its leash, making jokes, being sweet and helpful. Denise was born in Philly, studied at Loyola Marymount School of Film and Television and got an MBA from UCLA. Her dream had always been to work for the Mouse House and from being hired as an assistant in field publicity in 1986 she rose thru the ranks to become a vice president national publicity by the mid-90s. Due to her health, she left the studio in 2002 but subsequently volunteered her services for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Truly an inspiration to anyone who was lucky enough to meet or work with her, Denise is gone but not forgotten.
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