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‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’ Star Darlene Cates Dies at 69

‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’ Star Darlene Cates Dies at 69
Darlene Cates, known for playing the mother in “What's Eating Gilbert Grape,” has died. She was 69.

Cates’ daughter, Sheri Cates Morgan, announced in a Facebook post that her mother died “peacefully in her sleep” on Sunday morning.

“We take comfort in knowing that she is no longer in pain and is in the arms of our Heavenly Father, breaking away only to dance with our Savior, Jesus,” the daughter wrote. “(Dancing was something she talked about loving to do ‘back in the day’!)”
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From the People Archives: Celebrate Author Robert James Waller’s Legacy with a Look Back at the Bridges of Madison County Movie

From the People Archives: Celebrate Author Robert James Waller’s Legacy with a Look Back at the Bridges of Madison County Movie
Celebrated author Robert James Waller has died at the age of 77. Take a look back at People’s 1995 cover story on Meryl Streep and her emotional role in the film adaptation of Waller’s The Bridges of Madison County.

In the final days of the five-week shoot of The Bridges of Madison County last fall, Meryl Streep did one of the many things she does better onscreen than anyone else: she cried. Filming an emotional scene in which her character struggles to say goodbye to her lover, the actress would show up on the set in Winterset, Iowa, at 9 in
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Robert James Waller Dies: ‘Bridges Of Madison County’ Author Was 77

Robert James Waller Dies: ‘Bridges Of Madison County’ Author Was 77
Robert James Waller, whose romantic novel The Bridges of Madison County sold more than 12 million copies and was turned into an Oscar-nominated film starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep, has died in Texas. He was 77, his agency confirmed. Scott Cawelti, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, told the Associated Press that Weller died early Friday at his home in Fredericksburg. He had been fighting multiple myeloma, a form of cancer. Critics didn’t even pretend to treat the 171-page…
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Bridges of Madison County Author Robert James Waller Dies at 77

Bridges of Madison County Author Robert James Waller Dies at 77
The Bridges of Madison County author Robert James Waller has died at 77.

Waller died at his home in Fredericksburg, Texas early Friday, his friend Scott Cawelti of Cedar Falls, Iowa tells the Associated Press. He had been fighting multiple myeloma, a type of cancer.

Waller wrote the bestselling romance novel in 1992, and it was later turned into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, as well as a Broadway musical.

The novel, which Waller wrote in 11 days, tells the story of a National Geographic photographer named Robert Kincaid, who seduces a lonely Italian-American woman named Francesca Johnson while on
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‘Bridges of Madison County’ Author Robert James Waller Dies at 77

‘Bridges of Madison County’ Author Robert James Waller Dies at 77
Robert James Waller, author of the novel “The Bridges of Madison County” that was embraced by Hollywood through its big screen adaptation starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep, has died. He was 77.

Waller died early Thursday morning at his home in Fredericksburg, Texas, due to complications of pneumonia and multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells, his representatives confirmed to Variety.

Waller was born in 1939, in Rockford, Iowa, and went on to receive two degrees from the University of Northern Iowa (then known as Iowa State Teachers College). In 1968, he received his doctorate degree in business from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington. Later that year, he returned to Iowa to teach management and economics, becoming a full professor by 1977.

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By 1992, Waller famously wrote “Bridges” in a mere 11 days. The novel chronicles the wandering National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid. He spends four days wooing Francesca Johnson,
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Robert James Waller, ‘Bridges of Madison County’ Author, Dies at 77

Robert James Waller, ‘Bridges of Madison County’ Author, Dies at 77
Robert James Waller, who wrote the bestselling 1992 book, “The Bridges of Madison County,” has died at the age of 77. His famous book made the writer a multimillionaire after it was made into a film starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. It was also turned into a Broadway musical. Waller died in Texas, according to his longtime friend Scott Cawelti, who spoke with The Associated Press. Cawelti said Waller had been fighting multiple myeloma, a form of cancer, and died in his Fredericksburg, Texas home early Friday. Waller famously wrote “Bridges” in 11 days. The novel follows roving National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid,
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'Bridges of Madison County' Author Dead at 77

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Robert James Waller, best known for penning the romantic novel "The Bridges of Madison County," has died. Waller passed away in Texas either Thursday or Friday, according to his literary agency after battling some sort of illness. Waller wrote several books but "Bridges of Madison County" was his most popular, spending over 3 years on the New York Times bestseller list. Rumor has it he wrote the book -- about a National Geographic photographer who falls
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Watch: Kelli O'Hara on bittersweet fifth Tony nomination for 'Bridges of Madison County' (Exclusive Video)'

Watch: Kelli O'Hara on bittersweet fifth Tony nomination for 'Bridges of Madison County' (Exclusive Video)'
Kelli O'Hara has been the belle of Broadway for the better part of a decade, reaping Tony nominations for each of her last five appearances on the rialto. However, she has yet to take home the trophy. That could change this year with her Best Musical Actress bid for "The Bridges of Madison County."  -Break- Join the red-hot debate about the Tonys in our fiery forums In our recent webcam chat (watch below), she detailed her five-year involvement in the development of this tuner version of the Robert James Waller novella about an Iowa farmwife and her illicit affair with a National Geographic photographer. She admitted to being both flattered and overwhelmed when composer Jason Robert Brown ("Parade") approached her to play the part of Italian war bride Francesca, which had earned Meryl Streep an Oscar nomination back in 1995. "The amount of miraculous writing and glorious singing he provided me
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Tony Awards preview: Will Kelli O'Hara finally win Best Actress (Musical)?'

Tony Awards preview: Will Kelli O'Hara finally win Best Actress (Musical)?'
Kelli O'Hara has reaped a Tony bid for each of her most recent four appearances on the Broadway stage, beginning with her featured work in "The Light in the Piazza" in 2005 and continuing with her star turns in the tuners "The Pajama Game" (2006), "South Pacific" (2008) and "Nice Work If You Can Get It" (2012). However, she has yet to take home a Tony. -Break- Her luck could be changing this year with her touching portrayal of a housewife who embarks on an affair in "Bridges of Madison County." The best-selling 1992 novel by Robert James Waller already was adapted into a film in 1995 that reaped yet another Oscar bid for Meryl Streep.  Will Kelli O'Hara win this competitive race? Weigh in with your thoughts in our forums Among her competitors are two past Tony champs: Sutton Foster and Idina Menzel. Foster has won two of her five bids in this race --
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‘The Bridges of Madison County’ Theater Review: This Broadway Version Is the Charm

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‘The Bridges of Madison County’ Theater Review: This Broadway Version Is the Charm
The quiet, brief romance at the center of Robert James Waller’s bestseller “The Bridges of Madison County” would not seem to be ideal material for the stage. But talent is everything, and book writer Marsha Norman and lyricist-composer Jason Robert Brown have fashioned this ultra-simple story into a musical that’s superior not only to its source material but the 1995 movie adaptation by Clint Eastwood. “Bridges,” the musical, opened Thursday at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. It raises the stakes dramatically to give the Italian-born heroine Francesca (Kelli O’Hara) a singing voice that quickly expresses her isolation among the cornfields of 1960s.
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‘Bridges of Madison County: The Musical’: Capturing America’s Cheating Heart on Broadway

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‘Bridges of Madison County: The Musical’: Capturing America’s Cheating Heart on Broadway
The Bridges of Madison County” is a phenomenon. The hit book by Robert James Waller sold 50 million copies, inspired an Oscar-nominated film with Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep and forms the basis for a new Broadway musical that opens this month. Given that it deals with infidelity, it counts as an unorthodox, even unlikely success. After all, readers and film fans don’t tend to lose their hearts to a couple of cheaters. But the underlying story of two lost souls who forge an enduring bond resonated around the world and lifted the material out of sordid territory. The moral questions raised by.
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If Labor Day had embraced its melodrama it would be just peachy

You'll see Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin in many more fine movies, but you'll never look at pie quite the same way again

No actress of modern times has subjected matrimony to more vigorous onscreen interrogation than Kate Winslet. What began in a fit of melodrama, with Winslet threatening to throw herself from the aft of the Titanic rather than face loveless marriage to caddish Billy Zane, has turned into a series of fine-grained portraits – in Little Children, Revolutionary Road, Mildred Pierce – of suburban drudges, marooned in their marriages, doomed by their intelligence, staring at the dust motes.

Her happy marriage to Alan Rickman at end of Sense & Sensibility is beginning to look like the joker in the pack. Winslet's early performances fizzed like firecrackers, giddy with their own freedom, but now she dulls her own innate brightness to play American Madame Bovaries. Then she sets something loose in their
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Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale to Reunite on 'The Bridges of Madison County' Musical

Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale to Reunite on 'The Bridges of Madison County' Musical
New York -- Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale, currently appearing together in the Off Broadway musical Far From Heaven, will co-star again in The Bridges of Madison County, opening on Broadway in early 2014. Based on the best-selling 1992 novel by Robert James Waller, the show is adapted by Marsha Norman, with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. It chronicles the brief but intense love affair between a lonely Iowa housewife and a National Geographic photojournalist, on assignment to shoot the area's picturesque covered bridges. In addition to the novel, which sold 50 million copies worldwide, the story

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'Bridges of Madison County' Musical Headed to Broadway

'Bridges of Madison County' Musical Headed to Broadway
New York -- The musical adaptation of Robert James Waller's best-selling novel The Bridges of Madison County, will come to Broadway in January 2014, staged by Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher. The story of a short-lived but intense love affair between a lonely Iowa housewife and a weathered National Geographic photographer was adapted for the screen in 1995 in a version directed by Clint Eastwood, who also starred alongside Meryl Streep. The musical has a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman ('night, Mother, The Secret Garden) with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years).

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Bridges of Madison County Musical Headed to Broadway

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Bridges of Madison County Musical Headed to Broadway
The musical version of your mother's favorite weepy Meryl Streep movie (and also the best-selling book by Robert James Waller) will begin previews January 13 and open sometime in February 2014. Bartlett Sher (South Pacific) will direct; the book is by Marsha Norman, with lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. While we're on the subject of musicals based on tearjerker novels that your mom loved: Whatever happened to The Notebook musical? We demand a Notebook musical.
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Get ready for 'Mrs. Eastwood & Company' with 12 classic Clint Eastwood movies

On Sunday (May 26), the citizens of E! -- The Kardashians, Ice T and Coco, Chelsea Handler -- get some Oscar-level company with the premiere of "Mrs. Eastwood & Company."

While Clint Eastwood's second wife of 16 years, Dina, is at the center of the new reality offering (along with a couple of teenagers and about 30 family pets), Clint will appear in two episodes.

And any excuse to have a Clint Eastwood movie marathon is a good excuse ...

"A Fistful of Dollars" (1964): During a hiatus from his television Western "Rawhide," Eastwood went to Spain to work with director Sergio Leone on what would be the first Man With No Name saga. The rest, as they say, is history.

"Hang 'Em High" (1968): Proving he also could make an effective screen Western in the American style, Eastwood played a wrongful hanging victim saved, deputized ... and filled with vengeance.

"Where Eagles Dare" (1968):
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Interview: Nicholas Sparks Highlights Young Love in ‘The Lucky One’

Chicago – The belief that most people are decent at heart may seem overly naive in a society that often favors cynicism over sincerity. Yet it is precisely this hopeful worldview that has made Nicholas Sparks one of the most successful authors of his time. His international bestsellers have captivated readers worldwide, and have inspired seven big screen adaptations.

The latest is “The Lucky One,” starring Zac Efron as a Marine named Logan who stumbles upon a picture of a beautiful young woman, Beth (Taylor Schilling), that functions as a sort of good luck charm during his tour in Iraq. Once he’s back in America, he embarks on a search to find the woman who may be his destiny. Hollywood Chicago spoke with Sparks about the challenges of adapting his novels into screenplays, his goal to create strong female characters and the real-life romance that has enhanced each of his wildly popular stories.
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Get Ready for "The Bridges of Madison County" The Musical!

Oh lordie, yet another Hollywood film is coming to Broadway! This time, it's "The Bridges of Madison County." You remember the film starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood and their few days of solace...and cheating! Based on the bestselling book by Robert James Waller, I think this is one of those rare instances where the movie (directed by Eastwood) is actually better than the novel. I was bored to pieces by Waller's prose, but was entertained thoroughly by Streep and Eastwood.

And now, the story of the forlorn lovers will get the stage musical version update! According to the Huffington Post by way of the New York Times, the production will receive a developmental workshop this month.

Two-time Tony award nominee, Kelly O'Hara ("South Pacific," "The Light in the Piazza") will star in the role of the farmer's wife. Bartlett Sher, who worked with O'Hara in her two nominated performances,
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Quick Shooter: A Clint Eastwood Profile (Part 4)

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood in the fourth of a five part feature (read parts one, two and three)...

“What I liked about this script is that it is faithful to the book, contrary to some previous versions, which had eliminated elements that in my opinion had to be preserved,” stated Clint Eastwood who chose to cinematically adapt White Hunter Black Heart (1990); the fictional tale was inspired by experiences of screenwriter Peter Viertel during the production of The African Queen (1951). “He told me that during the filming, Huston became hostile to Sam Spiegel, though he’d worked with him before. In his autobiography Huston says he was searching for a period of three weeks he could use to go on safari while in Africa. That’s what gave Peter Viertel the impetus to write his novel. He was in the presence of someone surrounded by all his technical crew,
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Time After Time: Movies from 1993

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Filed under: Features, Columns, Cinematical

We're back in our time machine with the broken dial, and this time we land in 1993.

What Was the Story?

Bill Clinton began his presidency, and Monica Lewinsky had yet to be hired as a White House intern. The internet was just a few years away, and things were looking pretty good... mostly. Janet Reno was selected as Attorney General, thereby insuring many hours of spoofing on 'Saturday Night Live' (the cast of which included Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, David Spade and Chris Rock). Hellboy made his comics debut, and people were reading "The Client," by John Grisham, "Nightmares and Dreamscapes" by Stephen King, "Vanished" by Danielle Steele, "Trainspotting" by Irvine Welsh, and -- heaven help us -- "Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend" by Robert James Waller. On TV, there was a new show called 'The X-Files' and Conan O'Brien
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