Tribute: Elaine Stritch and James Garner

UnknownAfter a matinee of "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying", I asked one of my castmates to go out for lunch when he told me that he had plans to hang out with Elaine.  I naively asked who she was and he said, "...you'll know when she gets here".  Not even five minutes later, I heard that booming, gravely voice bellowing for her friend to come down the stairs, because she wasn't coming up...LOL.  That was my introduction to Elaine Stritch.  I loved her immediately, because she NEVER suffered fools gladly and wouldn't let anyone waste her time. So when that uniquely bold personality left this realm over the weekend, I was curious about her entire career and not just her affiliation with Stephen Sondheim and "Company".  What I found was absolutely fascinating.  She had worked in many shows, but her big break came when Noel Coward wrote "Sail Away" for her making her a star, however, it was the memorable song, "The Ladies Who Lunch" from Sondheim's "Company" that made her a Broadway Legend.  Her status was further solidified when she won a Tony for her one-woman show "Elaine Stritch at Liberty".  In 2013, Stritch was the subject of a documentary called "Shoot Me", where she is seen looking back on her life, career and ultimately says goodbye to the bright lights of Broadway for a simpler, quieter life back home in Michigan.  Elaine Stritch was one of a kind and we were lucky to have her if just for a little while. "Shoot Me" and "Elaine Stritch at Liberty" are available now on NETFLIX.

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MV5BMTM1Nzk2NTA3Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzEzODI0NA@@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_One of my favorite shows to watch back in the day was Rockford Files with James Garner.  What was not to like?  He was acerbically funny, handsome and there was something about his presence that made you want to be friends with him.  Garner, was one of the last true "movie stars", and made a career out of simply being himself.  Younger audiences became familiar with him when he starred opposite Gena Rowlands as the older couple version of Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in the film version of Nicholas Sparks' novel "The Notebook".  Garner passed on over this weekend as well, but thanks to film restoration, we can watch him and get a giggle one last time anytime we want.

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RIP  Elaine Stritch and James Garner

Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

Ten Years Ago: THE NOTEBOOK and SPIDERMAN 2

MV5BMTk3OTM5Njg5M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwMzA0ODI3._V1_SX214_AL_Being an avid reader, Nick Cassavetes is one of my favorite authors.  Mostly because he always conveys the hope and joy that comes along with love in his stories.  To my knowledge, one of his first novels to be adapted for the screen was The Notebook.  In this fabulous film, a poor, passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman and gives her a sense of freedom. They soon are separated by their social differences, but become reunited.  What happens next is not to be believed... the pairing of Gena Rowlands/James Garner and Rachel McAdams/Ryan Gosling was pure genius.  Bring your tissues for this one.  It is a guaranteed tear jerker. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EemLsTG5fX8

 

MV5BMjE1ODcyODYxMl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjA1NDE3MQ@@._V1_SY317_CR2,0,214,317_AL_On June 30, 2004, Spiderman was played by Tobey McGuire and his love interest Mary jane was played by Kirsten Dunst.  In this version, Peter Parker is beset with troubles in his failing personal life as he battles a brilliant scientist named Doctor Otto Octavius.  I love action adventure and Spiderman, so I thoroughly enjoyed this film.  Spiderman is now being played by Andrew Garfield.  check out my review on the latest Spiderman sequel here at Carla Renata's Corner...

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Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!