February 14, 1988
I have just suffered through yet another discourse (this time on "Turandot") by a rapt and hushed-voiced Joanne Woodward on "Live at the Met." With all due respect to the lady, what are her qualifications to be telling the opera viewer what the program is all about? I am greatly irked that a person professionally associated with grand opera does not perform her role. A Hollywood movie star reading from a script doesn't get it with me. Walter H. Snelling, Visalia
February 14, 1991
BEST PICTURE "Awakenings" "Dances With Wolves" "Ghost" "The Godfather Part III" "GoodFellas" BEST ACTOR Kevin Costner, "Dances With Wolves" Robert De Niro, "Awakenings" Gerard Depardieu, "Cyrano de Bergerac" Richard Harris, "The Field" Jeremy Irons, "Reversal of Fortune" BEST ACTRESS Kathy Bates, "Misery" Anjelica Huston, "The Grifters" Julia Roberts, "Pretty Woman" Meryl Streep, "Postcards From the Edge" Joanne Woodward, "Mr. & Mrs.
June 1, 1996
With all of the research books at his disposal, it is inconceivable to me that Don Heckman could have made such a grievous factual error in his TV review "Heather Locklear Makes 'Mind' Matter" (May 27). While I have always considered Kim Stanley to be one of the most brilliant actresses ever to grace the Broadway stage (and too few films), she did not star in "The Three Faces of Eve." That dream role was played by Joanne Woodward--who, incidentally, also captured the 1957 best actress Oscar for her portrayal in the film.
August 23, 2002
Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Julia Roberts, Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman and Brian Dennehy will perform a staged reading of "The World of Nick Adams" at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Nov. 4. The play is based on short stories by Ernest Hemingway. The event, open to the public, is intended to raise money for Newman's Hole in the Wall summer camps for seriously ill children. Tickets will go on sale the first week of September.
February 15, 1992
Meade Roberts, 61, a screenwriter, playwright and actor who specialized in adaptations of Tennessee Williams' works. Roberts produced scripts for films starring many of the top stars of the last three decades. His first screenplay, "The Fugitive Kind," was a collaboration with Williams based on "Orpheus Descending." The film, directed by Sidney Lumet, starred Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani and Joanne Woodward.
February 17, 1994 |
To hear TriStar Pictures tell it, the idea for the Academy Award-nominated screenplay for "Philadelphia" was developed in 1991, two years after director Jonathan Demme and screenwriter Ron Nyswaner first began brainstorming a movie about AIDS.
February 20, 1988
As members of the entertainment industry, we hang our heads in shame for the acting branch of the Academy. They have proven that big bucks truly rule the Oscars this year. The blatant oversight of Lillian Gish, Bette Davis and Joanne Woodward is an embarrassment. The women nominated are good actresses indeed, but pale in comparison to the three women who helped set the standards by which those nominated are still trying to achieve. A black cloud hangs over the magic land of Hollywood, for on this day they have proven to the world that Oscars can be bought and are not earned.
April 19, 2006 |
James Earl Jones will star in "Thurgood," a one-man play at the Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut about Thurgood Marshall, the first black justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Marshall, who died in 1993, successfully argued Brown vs. Board of Education, a decision that struck down school segregation in 1954, before serving on the nation's highest court from 1967 to 1991.