Sidney Poitier was 32 when he played the upwardly mobile Walter Lee Younger in the original 1959 Broadway production of Lorraine Hansberry's classic A Raisin in The Sun (the play that recent Pulitzer winner Clybourne Park so interestingly riffed on).
And Sean Combs was 35 when he played it in the 2 ... More >>
I actually said that out loud to a Lincoln Center bigshot a few years ago, begging them to do a Tony Curtis film festival, but that illustrious tribute never happened any more than an Oscar for Jerry Lewis.
I've always felt that Curtis was priceless in Some Like It Hot, keeping up with Jack ... More >>
Freckle-faced beauty Elizabeth Hartman debuted in 1965's A Patch of Blue, earning an Oscar nomination as the blind girl who's tortured by her mother (Shelley Winters) but learns about the brighter side of human nature when she's befriended by the nice black man in the park, Sidney Poitier.
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December 16, 1965, Vol. XI, No. 9
Whitey at the Apollo
By Barbara Long
...The m.c., smooth-talking and confident but less than precise in his choice of words, announced: "The Apollo would like to take great pleasure in presenting a w ... More >>
Yesterday afternoon President Obama bestowed the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, on 16 notables including Billie Jean King, Chita Rivera, Stephen Hawking, Sidney Poitier, former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, Edward Kennedy, the late Jack Kemp (whose widow accep ... More >>
President Obama has announced this year's Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients. The nation's highest civilian honor has gone in the past to folks like T.S. Eliot, Lucille Ball, Pope John XXIII, Margaret Mead, Jack Nicklaus, Mother Teresa, and Norman Podhoretz. As you may have guessed, Dem ... More >>