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While this list is long and varied by experiences, I think some of these ladies deserve damehood or something whether it's another honor such as an MBE, OBE, or CBE just something to honor and respect their contributions and services to the entertainment world.
Anybody who declines a lesser honor isn't listed here since there are so many possible willing recipients. It's their loss in the first place.
Previously on this list but passed away. Faith Brook Joyce Redman Dinah Sheridan Dora Bryan OBE Elspet Gray Edna Dore Stella Tanner Lila Kaye Renee Asherson Billie Whitelaw CBE Anne Kirkbride Cilla Black OBE Jackie Collins OBE Meg Mundy Victoria Wood CBE OBE Jean Alexander Liz Smith MBE Jane Freeman
Declined Geraldine McEwen (declined OBE & Damehood). Honor Blackman (declined CBE). Vanessa Redgrave CBE (declined Damehood). Dawn French (declined OBE). Jennifer Saunders (declined OBE). Nigella Lawson (declined OBE). Julie Christie (declined a CBE) Caryl Churchill declined an OBE. Pam Gems declined an OBE. Estelle Kohler declined an OBE.
Awarded Damehood since I started the list. Joan Collins OBE Angela Lansbury CBE Barbara Windsor MBE Penelope Keith CBE Kristin Scott-Thomas OBE Harriet Walter CBE Gillian Lynne CBE Sian Phillips CBE Penelope Wilton OBE Patricia Routledge CBE OBE Anna Wintour OBE Julie Walters CBE OBE June Whitfield CBE OBE
If you would like to nominate any lady below or anybody else. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/honours
The Wedding Planner (2001)
You Smell Like Grilled Cheese Sandwiches!
I have finally seen the movie while working out at the gym. I can't believe it's been over sixteen years since it's release. The film was set in San Francisco, California (an ideal location for any movie or television series). The scenery is divine especially Golden Gate Park. Jennifer Lopez played Mary Fiore, a wedding planner, who accidentally falls in love with the groom, Steve Edison (Matthew McConaghey) while planning his wedding to Fran Donnolly, a computer businesswoman. The cast is first rate. I loved watching Judy Greer play Penny Nicholson, she was fabulous and underused as an actress. Jennifer Lopez is fine but really miscast in the role anyway. The film is a romantic comedy. The cast included plenty of familiar faces like Charles Kimbrough (Murphy Brown) and Joanna Gleason as Fran's parents. Kathy Najimy as Geri, Mary's boss. Alex Rocco was terrific playing her father, Salvatore. Frances Bay (The Middle) has a small role in this film as well. I love the location shots. It's not a bad film overall but a romantic comedy probably for the female crowd.
When The Saints Go Marching In!
I knew Dame Thora Hird from watching her as Edie Pegden on the long running comedy series, "The Last of the Summer Wine." In the USA, "The Last of the Summer Wine," was a regularly shown series on PBS. I remember picking up the DVD at the bookstore many years back and finally decided to sit and watch it on DVD. I loved Dame Thora Hird as Captain Emily Ridley. She was perfectly cast for the part. Patsy Rowlands played Alice, her right hand and Rosamond Greenwood played Dorothy. I can't figure why Dorothy wasn't always on the series. Hird holds her own and the series as the benevolent matronly lady who wants to help save the world. The series only lasted two seasons with fourteen episodes and a Christmas special. You will enjoy if you watch the series and see familiar faces from British television as well.
A Parody of Lost!
I would record Lost episodes for my sister so I ended up watching the series. I enjoy watching Wrecked more. If you watched convoluted Lost, Wrecked is the opposite where the characters are just funny and silly. You know they're just making fun and light of their situation. The cast is an ensemble and the series was first shot in Puerto Rico and now Fiji. The second season includes a woman named barracuda and her two henchmen. It turns out that one of the survivors is wealthy. I enjoy the cast in this zany series. If you enjoy parodies, you will enjoy this series and hope is ends well for all of them.
The Company Men (2010)
Nothing is Guaranteed in the Working World!
Academy Award winners, Chris Cooper, Ben Affleck and Tommy Lee Jones played men of a big conglomerate company known as GTX. Chris Cooper played Phil Woodward, the longtime company employee who rose from the bottom to the top. Ben Affleck played Bob Walker, a family man with two young children, a wife and house in the suburbs. When he is let go, he has only three months to get another job. Tommy Lee Jones played Gene McClatchy. As we watch the film unfolds, the men are slowly cut from the same company. Somebody doesn't handle it well. Chris Cooper played the role of Phil best of all. He is desperate to work again but at 60 years old, who will hire him. Tommy Lee Jones watches as thousands are let go. Ben Affleck deserved praise for his performance as Bob. There are other great performances like Rosemarie DeWitt's Maggie, Kevin Costner's Jack, Craig T. Nelson's character and Maria Bello's Sally Wilcox. In this day and age, the characters are familiar and also sympathetic to today's world.
Changing Hearts (2002)
Changing Hearts in Changing Times
The film was based on the play, "Colored Eggs," by Daniel Wright. Lauren Holly played a woman with cancer and a past. Faye Dunaway played a cantankerous older woman who also has cancer. The film is based on the cancer unit at a hospital ward. Lauren Holly's character Amber directed an Easter pageant for the children entitled "Colored Eggs." Tom Skerrit played an admirer of Faye's character. There is a strong supporting cast like Edie McClurg as the nurse and Janet Carroll. The film is depressing at times. Faye's character seems to fight the cancer with all she's got. There are touching moments but weird to have wedding in a cemetery. Faye's character likes cemeteries. The hospital must be next to one according to the story. The film is set between the cemetery and the hospital ward.
The 71st Annual Tony Awards (2017)
Is that all Broadway has offer?
What I always loved about the Tony Awards is the entertainment of displaying various musical performances. The Tony Awards is usually about the Broadway season. Sadly there was no exciting musical except Bette Midler in "Hello, Dolly!," and she won a Tony award for it. Unfortunately Bette didn't perform but presented one. I watched the show and was saddened by the season overall. Broadway tickets are too expensive for me and most people. Usually the Tony Awards have a cornucopia of plays and musicals. Kevin Spacey did a fine job in hosting and performing in the show. Last year was all about Hamilton. This year had five American playwrights nominating for new play. Playwrights introduced their plays. The Tonys usually showcase the best of the season which wasn't very much anyway.
The Goldbergs (2013)
Remembering the Eighties!
The Goldbergs are actually based on the memories and experiences of Gary Goldberg. He grew up in the eighties in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The cast is terrific with George Segal playing the grandfather. Wendi McClendon-Lovey and Jeff Garlin as the parents. The show has become a hit series on the network's Wednesday night family sitcoms along with "The Middle" and "Modern Family." I have seen some episodes and it has a good sense of humor and nostalgia for a decade. The eighties were a lot of fun to live through. The show makes plenty of use about life in the eighties. The decade was full of excesses and perhaps too much of it. The best part of the decade was MTV. The music, clothes and cars remind me of simpler times.
Superior Donuts (2017)
Just Say Superior!
I have always been a fan of Judd Hirsch (Taxi, Dear John) and am thrilled to see him return to sitcom in prime time. As Arthur, Hirsch plays a man who owns a Chicago doughnut shop for 47 years. While Superior Donuts hasn't changed, the neighborhood has over time. Arthur is a widower and hired a young African American man to help him in the shop. Katey Sagal (Married with Children, Sons of Anarchy) returns to prime time as a Chicago cop and regular on the show. The show has some work to do but they have all the right ingredients to be a hit series. The genius, Tracy Letts (playwright of August: Osage County), wrote the play that inspired the series. The play was originally produced by the famous and world renowned Steppenwolf Theatre Company, a Chicago institution.
Home Alone (1990)
Be Careful what you wish for, you just might get it!
I don't know why I avoided this film. It's a John Hughes classic film in his style of American suburbia. Macaulay Culkin has the startling role as Kevin McAllister in suburban Chicago town in a beautiful home. He plays the child precociously and with vulnerability at eight years old. After he is banished to the attic, he is forgotten the next day after his parents fly to Paris, France for a family holiday. There were fifteen in all. The scene where they are racing to the plane would be unrealistic today. Kevin believes his family left him alone. With two burglars played by Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci, Kevin learns of their plot to burglarize his home as the silver tuna. Kevin's mother realized that she forgot him at home. Worried and desperate, she would do anything to reunite with them. There are noticeable Chicago actors like Ann Whitney and Alan Wilder in minor roles. Of course, there is John Candy in a small role as well. The cast did an excellent job with their roles. The film wasn't expected to be such a hit at the box office. You can watch this film repeatedly and still enjoy it like other John Hughes films.
Eunice, the movie
Carol Burnett was at her best in playing Eunice Harper Higgins on her variety show. The Family were always a favorite sketches except in spoofing movies or television. When her variety ended, Eunice never really was finished by Carol Burnett. She had such affection for Eunice. This eighty minute movie is available on the second season of Mama's Family on DVD. Carol returns with Harvey Korman as Ed Higgins. Ken Berry played Phillip (not Vinton) and Betty White as Ellen, her snobby sister. Vicki Lawrence returns as Mama. The movie is like a taped play with the same set starting in 1955 and ending in 1978. Eunice isn't some caricature but played like a human being. Carol played her perfectly. The entire cast was first rate.