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April 17, 2012
Martin Poll, 89, a veteran producer best known for "The Lion in Winter," the Oscar-winning 1968 film that starred Katharine Hepburn and Peter O'Toole, died Saturday in New York. He had pneumonia and kidney failure, according to his son, Jon. Hepburn won a best actress Oscar for her portrayal of Eleanor of Aquitaine. The film was also honored for best musical score and best adapted screenplay. Poll produced a remake for television in 2003 with Glenn Close in the Hepburn role. During a five-decade career, Poll produced a dozen films with stars such as Elizabeth Taylor and Woody Allen.
February 26, 2012 |
If as widely predicted, Woody Allen wins his fourth Academy Award on Sunday, this time for original screenplay for the romantic comedy "Midnight in Paris," an even safer bet will be that Allen won't be there to accept the Oscar. The academy has a long love affair with Allen — a record 23 Oscar nominations, including wins for writing and directing the 1977 best picture winner "Annie Hall" and for his screenplay of 1986's "Hannah and Her Sisters"; 22 of the nominations were for screenplay and directing and one was for lead actor, for "Annie Hall.
September 26, 2011
Irene Dunne The actress-singer of "The Awful Truth" fame played Tracy's character's gal pal in the 1943 romantic fantasy "A Guy Named Joe. " Lana Turner The "Sweater Girl" appeared with Tracy in 1941's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and 1947's "Cass Timberlane. " Jean Harlow The sassy blond bombshell teamed with Tracy for 1931's "Goldie" and 1936's "Libeled Lady. "
September 26, 2011 |
According to James Curtis, author of the new 1,056-page "Spencer Tracy: A Biography," it could have been actress Loretta Young who became the love of Tracy's life, not Katharine Hepburn, his partner for 26 years with whom he made nine films. Tracy and Young, both Catholics, began their romance while working together on the 1933 Depression-era drama "A Man's Castle. " Though Tracy was married to Louise Treadwell, the illicit pair would go to Mass and confessions together. "I think they were drawn together because of the shared bond of faith," said Curtis, who spent six years on the book, drawing from Tracy's own papers and obtaining the cooperation of the actor's daughter, Susie Tracy.
June 20, 2011
'Love Among the Ruins' Multi-Emmy Award-winning 1975 romantic comedy that marked the only pairing of Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier. George Cukor directed. 'That Certain Summer' Landmark 1972 TV movie, penned by Richard Levinson and William Link, about a teenage boy (Scott Jacoby) who learns that his divorced father (Hal Holbrook) is gay and in a relationship with a young man (Martin Sheen). 'My Sweet Charlie' Levinson and Link also wrote this 1970 TV movie starring Patty Duke in an Emmy Award-winning role as a young pregnant Southern girl who finds an unlikely ally in a black New York attorney (Al Freeman Jr.)
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November 22, 2010 |
Norris Church Mailer, an actress, model, author and painter who enjoyed and endured the ride of her life as the sixth and final wife of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Norman Mailer, died at her home in Brooklyn on Sunday. She was 61. Her death was announced on the website of the Norman Mailer Society , which said she passed away "after a long and valiant struggle with cancer. " As Norris Mailer wrote in her 2010 memoir, "A Ticket to the Circus," she was a single mother in her mid-20s when she met the then-52-year-old Norman Mailer at a 1975 party in Russellville, Ark. Their attraction was immediate, even if he was breaking up with his fourth wife and seeing the woman who would become his fifth.