ANTHONY HOPKINS: AN INTERVIEW

    ACTOR ANTHONY HOPKINS: AN INTERVIEW     ANTHONY HOPKINS IN 1975   At the time of this interview Anthony Hopkins was on tour promoting a TV movie about the Lindberg kidnapping. He portrayed Bruno Hauptmann, the convicted kidnapper; a performance that would earn the actor an Emmy.  This  interview–one of my first–was conducted 15 years before […]

JOHN BARRYMORE AND ALL MY CHILDREN

    JOHN BARRYMORE AND ALL MY CHILDREN Early on it was suggested—for the blog at least— that I post sections from The Purple Diaries which had been deleted during the editing process. Presumably this would add up to a sort of “deleted scenes” kind of thing you see on DVDs and Blu-rays for fillm directors […]

THE MUSE: IT’S A MYSTERY

    THE MUSE   THE MUSE IN THE MOVIES: RITA HAYWORTH AND SHARON STONE   What is a Muse?  Someone asked me recently to explain what a muse was. As I was babbling on  it occurred to me that several years ago I had written about me and my muse in an introduction to a book.  So, I searched through my […]

EDWARD SOREL: AUTHENTIC AMERICAN GENIUS

  PORTRAIT OF EDWARD SOREL AT WORK BY STEPHAN ALCOVE Edward Sorel, the award winning caricaturist has also written a book about the 1936 Mary Astor Custody Battle—Mary Astor’s Purple Diary.  I am fortunate in having just read an advance review copy and can tell you that Mr. Sorel has illustrated and written  a hilarious […]

HIGH SCHOOL AND YEARBOOKS

    High School and Yearbooks As I have been writing 24/7 I haven’t had time to sit down and write another one of my brilliant posts.   Nevertheless, in recent conversation with a friend somehow we got on the topic of High School.  We had differing views–she enjoyed it.  I detested it and told her […]