Burt was age 75 at our meeting, and he still had that the charm bearing that audiences adored in his heyday in the 1970s and early ‘80s, when he was the King of the Box Office. He started in 1950s TV, bounced around in that and B-movies in the ‘60s, and found his niche as a humor-motivated “good old boy” in a series of films in the ‘70s, culminating with “Smokey and the Bandit” in 1977, his most memorable hit. But even in his later years, he broke ground with “Boogie Nights,” and worked up to the end…
In his 2015 memoir, But Enough About Me, the late actor — who died Thursday at the age of 82 — wrote that after “we announced the separation, the press went into high gear.”
Continuing, he added that “Princess Diana sent me a thank you note for keeping her off the cover of People Magazine.”
In his memoir, he went on to explain that Anderson “bought everything in triplicate, from every day dresses to jewelry to china and linens” and that
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Comedians are often defined by one stock expression, from Jack Benny’s sighing “...well!” to Homer Simpson’s “Doh!” For Judy Carne, who has died aged 76, the phrase was “sock it to me” and every time she uttered it, or anything close to it, on America’s hit comedy sketch show Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, she would be doused in water, disappear down a trap door, or worse. The producer George Schlatter had appropriated the phrase from black musicians with whom he worked. It made Carne the show’s central figure, and put “sock it to me” into 1960s vernacular.
Carne was a vivacious singer and dancer whose rise to something close to stardom had been rapid in the Us, and which Laugh-In wound up bringing to a screeching halt.
After starting her career in England, Carne made her Stateside TV debut on the 1962 CBS sitcom Fair Exchange, playing an exchange student. She went on to guest-star on such series as Bonanza, The Baileys of Balboa, Gidget, Love on a Rooftop and Big Valley. During this time, she also had a two-year marriage to Burt Reynolds.
As part of the Laugh-In ensemble
Susan Sarandon, Jane Spofford, The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
It is a challenge to pick the brightest light in the trio of star witches from this eighties classic. However, Sarandon just edges the pick ahead of Cher and Michelle Pfeiffer with an alluring portrayal of Jane Spofford. An understated power in the performance from the always-classy Sarandon conveys believability ahead of her sexy rival co-stars. Her on-screen electricity with Jack Nicholson rather helps as well.
The Witches of Eastwick caused controversy upon release, its misogynistic undertones left critics with easy ammunition for attack.
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