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Hats Off (2008)

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A documentary on a New York City woman who has spent most of her 93 years in the world of movies, TV, commercial, and print media.

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Hats Off profiles the beauty and eccentricities of an extraordinary woman, 93-year-old actress Mimi Weddell. With the style and grace of Katherine Hepburn, the smoky wit and wisdom of Dorothy Parker, and her own personal philosophy, "rise above it," Mimi is truly an iconic American original, rising above the mundane and difficult confines of her own daily life to reach for the stars and fulfill her dreams. Hats Off captures the essence of this most unusual woman, named at age 90 by New York Magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in New York," whose full-time acting career began at age 65 upon the passing of her husband, and whose daily routine mocks the traditional image of old age. From grueling 14-hour days at cattle call auditions to her weekly gymnastics and dance workouts, Mimi Weddell exudes a 'can-do, will-do' attitude in the face of life's trials and tribulations, and moves through her challenges with grace, encouraging us all to be more than we are. Shot over the ... Written by Canobie Films

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90 is the new 40.

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28 March 2008 (USA)  »

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$6,570, 30 March 2008, Limited Release

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$29,759, 4 May 2008
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Aunty Mame at 94.
27 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

Oh Mimi! what a life and what spirit. HATS OFF details the life and latter career of fashionista Mimi Waddell who became a bit player in dozens of TV shows and major films at the age of 80+. Her troubled life with her adored husband and her bemused baby boomer kids all get their say, with humor and style. Mimi is a walking style guru in herself with a bright and energetic outlook. Her motto "rise above it" becomes a mantra for the hardships and disappointments of life. Childhood and marriage photos are particularly emotionally satisfying. Her steely emotional core gets good coverage and her character and dress style, particularly hats become a clear example of how a person at 90+ can live a terrific and full and artistic life. HATS OFF overall is 84 minutes of Mimi-isms that could inspire the dullest and most jaded viewer into delight and energy. Mimi is certainly a person to be reckoned with and photographs like a woman of 50. Well worth seeing for her clothes, photos and the dozen clips from famous films and TV shows alone... the constant comments by Mimi is genuinely heartfelt and the angst detailed by her 50 year old children is revealing and poignant. Run off to see HATS OFF. You'll dance home.


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