TCM host Robert Osborne discusses his life and career with guest interviewer Alec Baldwin in commemoration of Osborne's 20 years with the network.

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In celebration of the twentieth anniversary of Turner Classic Movies and its on-air host Robert Osborne, guest host Alec Baldwin sits down with Osborne to discuss his life and career. Osborne recounts his lifelong passion for movies, from his childhood in Colfax, Washington, to his brief acting career in Hollywood and his later work as an entertainment journalist and television personality, before joining TCM when it launched in 1994. He tells of his friendships with stars like Lucille Ball (with whom he was under contract) and Olivia de Havilland. A mix of luck and destiny steered his career path, Osborne says, leading him to a job perfectly suited to his talents but which hadn't even existed when he started out as an amateur film historian. Clips are shown of Osborne's early acting roles on TV and in commercials, as well as highlights from his appearances on Dinah Shore's 1970s talk show and a segment from a 1980s interview he did with Lana Turner. A montage of Osborne's TCM intros ... Written by Jimmy L.

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The Tables Turned....
10 January 2014 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Private Screenings: Robert Osborne (2014)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Turner Classic Movie host Robert Osborne has the tables turned on him on his very own show. This time out Osborne is the guest while Alex Baldwin serves as the host. I think a lot of TCM fans are going to be shocked hearing about the career of Osborne, which believe it or not started off with him being an actor. We get to see several clips from commercials that the young Osborne did before we then learn about how he got into journalism. From this point on we learn about his relationship with Lucille Ball and how he ended up kissing the hand of Bette Davis at her AFI celebration. Osborne shares all sorts of interesting stories here about his early days in Hollywood and how he eventually worked himself up to the host at Turner Classic Movies. For the most part Baldwin asks some pretty good questions and Osborne is certainly very long on the answers. There's also a section where Osborne talks about some of his favorite movies and actors. As well as a section where he talks about the Private Screenings series and his now infamous interview with Robert Mitchum and Mickey Rooney. Fans of TCM are certainly going to enjoy hearing about the life of Osborne and after it's over you'll certainly appreciate him even more.


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