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Julie Harris obituary

25 August 2013 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Award-winning actor renowned for her work on Broadway and roles in classic films such as East of Eden and The Haunting

Unable to make sufficient money from her novels, the great American writer Carson McCullers took advice from Tennessee Williams and allowed one of her masterpieces to be adapted for the theatre. The resultant success of The Member of the Wedding (1950) widened her fame, and made a Broadway star of Julie Harris, who has died aged 87.

The play's main character is Frankie Addams, a gawky 12-year-old who longs for companionship and the "we of me". Although the second juvenile role, in what is essentially a three-hander, went to a child actor, Brandon de Wilde, the complex part of Frankie fell to Harris, who was then 24. Born in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, and trained at the Yale School of Drama, Harris had made her Broadway debut in It's a Gift in »

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Julie Harris obituary

25 August 2013 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Award-winning actor renowned for her work on Broadway and roles in classic films such as East of Eden and The Haunting

Unable to make sufficient money from her novels, the great American writer Carson McCullers took advice from Tennessee Williams and allowed one of her masterpieces to be adapted for the theatre. The resultant success of The Member of the Wedding (1950) widened her fame, and made a Broadway star of Julie Harris, who has died aged 87.

The play's main character is Frankie Addams, a gawky 12-year-old who longs for companionship and the "we of me". Although the second juvenile role, in what is essentially a three-hander, went to a child actor, Brandon de Wilde, the complex part of Frankie fell to Harris, who was then 24. Born in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, and trained at the Yale School of Drama, Harris had made her Broadway debut in It's a Gift in »

- Brian Baxter

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Before 'The Butler' There Was ‘Backstairs At The White House’ And ‘1600 Pennsylvania Avenue’

19 August 2013 6:01 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Now that Lee DanielsThe Butler is off and away, it shouldn’t be surprising that this is not the first project to deal with the work and the private lives of black servants in the White House.I’m sure some of our “boomer” readers might recall the 1979 NBC 8 hour mini-series Backstairs at the White House, which chronicled the lives of black servants who worked at the White house, from the administration of William Howard Taft through the Eisenhower years, which is just around the around the time when The Butter’s Cecil Gaines starts working at the White House in the film.The mini-series was based on a memoir by a former White House maid Lillian Rogers Parks, who is played in the »

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How ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ Forces Americans to Confront Civil Rights

19 August 2013 3:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lee DanielsThe Butler” has a big job. Unlike its lead character, who is instructed to anticipate what the white folks want and otherwise make himself invisible in any room, Daniels’ ambitious historical portrait conspicuously privileges black audiences, bringing welcome attention to the African-American experience of the past half-century. Seeing the movie on opening night at L.A.’s Rave cinema with a mostly-black audience drove home how significant stories like this are for people of color.

It’s not a great movie, but it is an important one, seeking an entry point into a subject that studio execs have evidently decided audiences don’t care to see: namely, our country’s recent history of troubled race relations. “The Butler” even acknowledges this challenge by giving Forest Whitaker’s character the following lines late in the film: “Americans always turn a blind eye to our own. We look out to the world and judge. »

- Peter Debruge

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'Lee Daniels' The Butler' review: Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker star in White House epic

15 August 2013 6:15 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Occasionally moving, sweeping in ambition yet often haphazard in execution, "Lee Daniels' The Butler" is an epic that more closely resembles a made-for-tv movie or miniseries, albeit one from the high-minded heyday of TV movies, the '70s. Think "Backstairs at the White House," if your memory goes that far back.  

Covering more than 80 years of American history through the eyes of a White House butler and his family -- decades of strife and conflict, from segregation to the election of Barack Obama to the presidency -- "The Butler" features Oscar winner Forest Whitaker in the title role, Oscar nominee Oprah Winfrey as co-star, and Oscar winners Robin Williams, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Vanessa Redgrave in supporting roles. The director of "Precious" is like catnip to actors. 

We follow a sharecropper's son who saw his father murdered by a white landowner (Alex Pettyfer) in 1920s Georgia, a boy raised to know service, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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