Thursday, January 28, 2010

Mad Dog hosts Turner Classic Movies' Robert Osborne

Today in the 3pm hour of his Sirius XM144 show, Mad Dog and TCM's host Robert Osborne discuss favorite movies and the upcoming '31 Days of Oscar' to begin February 1 on TCM. Topics like this between Mike and Chris were always fascinating and something that will never be replaced. Osborne said he lives in New York and travels to Atlanta once a week to tape a batch of intros, interviews, whatever needs doing.
  • In conversation Dog said how much he liked "A Place in the Sun," and Osborne said that was his favorite movie. Among films he might take to a desert island, Osborne listed Sunset Blvd., Singin' in the Rain, The Third Man, and North by Northwest. Best actors, Spencer Tracy, DeNiro, Brando, Bogart. Dog asked him about Pacino, and Osborne agreed he's one of the greats. But said both he and DeNiro have done too many cheesy movies in recent years taking a bit from their overall image. Osborne's list of best actresses, Bette Davis, Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, and Greta Garbo.
Dog asked who was the most underrated actor, Osborne said Jeff Bridges and that he's starting to get more credit now. Dog mentioned Olivia deHavilland and Osborne said she's doing quite well, age 94, living in a townhouse in Paris. Dog mentions Teresa Wright as one of the greats, Osborne agrees and they note she passed away a few years ago. Dog says she lived in Connecticut and was a big Yankee fan.
  • She did play Lou Gehrig's wife in Pride of the Yankees in 1942 and received an Oscar nomination for it. According to a Washington Post article, it seems her conversion to Yankee fandom occurred in 1998. Because of her role in the Lou Gehrig film, she was invited to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at the stadium. "It was Ms. Wright's first visit to the stadium and sparked an interest in baseball -- "it was as if she was possessed," her daughter said --"...


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