Wally Shawn (My Dinner with Andre) Born Today; Also, Rodin (Filmed in His Studio) & Anne Hathaway (Devil/Prada)
Put him in a line-up with a dozen hunky guys, and you'd never guess that Wally Shawn is the playwright, essayist and actor whose credits include Woody Allen's Manhattan, Toy Story, Murphy Brown, The Incredibles - and of course, Louis Malle's phenomenal two-man tour de force, My Dinner with Andre, a few mind-blowing moments of which are included in the clip below. Happy Birthday Number 70, Wally!
Born this day in 1840, this French sculptor gave us The Kiss, The Burghers of Calais, and The Thinker. It's impossible to show that moment during the creative process when, as Ingmar Bergman once said, the artist ceases to exist, becomes, as it were, invisible. But at least this scratchy old clip gives us some idea of what the physical Rodin looked like while at work in his studio.
Yes, we all know by now that Anne Hathaway, born this day 31 years ago, won a much deserved Oscar for Les Miserables. But wasn't she also amazing in Rachel Getting Married? For many of us, that was the film that told us she knew how to go deep.
I like big books, and I cannot lie. My background includes talk radio, newspapers and TV news. I've hosted a morning-drive classical music program on the California coast and published nationally in Reader's Digest, the Christian Science Monitor, and Playboy. I've won awards for my journalism and my fiction. One of my essays even made it into an anthology for college English courses. For real? Yes, for real.
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