August 26, 2009 |
Diane Baker's professional acting career began by her performing a scene from the 1955 James Dean movie "East of Eden." "I did the scene for three studios," says the vivacious 71-year-old. "That's all I ever did. I never went on an audition. I got offered contracts with CBS, Paramount and Fox. My agent came to me and said, 'You got offers from all three. Let's pick the best one.' It turned out to be Fox." Baker, who is celebrating her 50th year as an actress, has appeared in such classic films as "The Diary of Anne Frank," "Marnie" and the Oscar-winning best film "The Silence of the Lambs."
November 7, 2009 |
Here are the ups and downs of being a teenage actress on a television show with strong adult themes: Your training at a prestigious ballet school has to be dropped, bad. But you get to spend your summers on the beach in California, good. You get to kiss the boy you've had a crush on because it gets written into the script, good. But this is your first kiss -- like, ever -- and so your first kiss will take place on camera, beneath a boom microphone and in front of the crew . . . along with your mom. Bad. You're on TV, cool.
May 27, 1989
I was shocked to read in Jack Mathews' May 12 "Cannes Files" that Nick Nolte says drinking alcohol helps his acting. Personally I feel this is a dumb statement, if only because it made news. It is dangerous to the young actors coming into this biz and also to the ones now in it. Nick Nolte should keep his drinking problem to himself. HARRY COHN Silver Lake
June 17, 1989
Dan Sullivan's parenthetical statement that being a liar is the basis of acting ("Helmond as Sarah Bernhardt: The Legend Doesn't Translate") reveals an ignorance of the craft unacceptable in a professional theater critic. He should know that the basis of all good acting is the truthful recreation of the artist's own experience brought into the context of the scene through creative imagination. This process has no more to do with lying than it does with pretending as children do at play.
February 17, 2010 |
When Helen Mirren was a girl growing up in England, she'd often saunter out onto local sidewalks, idling, hoping to be discovered. "I stood around on street corners imagining that a film director had to drive by and say, 'There's the girl for me.' Hoping that someone's going to go, 'She's the one,' " she said. "I really wanted to be an actress, but I just didn't think that it was possible for someone like me." Looking at Mirren now, seated on a couch in a posh Los Angeles hotel room sipping a cappuccino, it's difficult to imagine her as a young, wide-eyed girl, yearning desperately for some type of impossible dream.
January 26, 1986
Jack Mathews wrote in Film Clips (Jan. 15) that Sylvester Stallone received $12 million for "Rocky IV," making him the highest-paid actor in the world (this from a source called Parade magazine). It should be noted the $12 million paid was a package deal that included writing and directing, as well as acting. JOSEPH D. PETERS Monterey Park