Wow, so The Normal Heart was humiliatingly snubbed at the Emmys. Granted, I like some others did not feel it was that great of a film (the play was one of the best I'd ever seen), but Matt Bomer's performance was as good as any I've ever seen on TV and Julia Roberts couldn't eke out a win in spite of being a superstar. Major snubs all around.
UPDATE: All those hypocrites standing an applauding now that The Normal Heart has won for best TV movie after losing everything else. I geuss they felt it was Important after all. Interesting! Barbra Streisand is gnashing her teeth now.
As a kid, I was absolutely transfixed by Night of 100 Stars (aired March 8, 1982, would love to know when it was taped?), a lavish, tacky, nostalgic, heart-warming, spirited tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Actors' Fund. For me, it was also a way to learn more about the stars of yesteryear, a subject always close to my heart.
What's odd is that these days, kids have more access to old movies and old movie stars' stories via the Internet, but I don't think they make the same effort like the previous generation did—we had to track down books, wait for old movies to pop up on limited channels on TV and rely on information from friends.
And, of course, watch stuff like Night of 100 Stars! (Where else do you get to see Ken Howard, Milton Berle, Lynn Swan, Theodore Bikel and Burt Lancaster, in that order, in a chorus line?)
Hollywood: Please air this event again! (There was a II in 1985 and a III in 1990.)
Because I am sick and need help immediately when it comes to long posts, especially long posts about Old Hollywood, I wondered how many of the 100 stars from 1982—32 years later—are still with us. Interestingly enough, the actual number of stars who showed up was 197...and exactly 100 remain alive today!
In my memory, Night of 100 Stars I (1985) was amazing, Night of 100 Stars II (filmed Sunday, February 17, 1985, aired March 10, 1985) was even more entertaining than the first one, and Night of 100 Stars III (1990) was a dud...but who knows?
Time for a screening!
Let's find out who from Night of 100 Stars II (1985) is still among us...
The pages are especially worth a look if you're a comic strip/sci fi fan...mouse over them to see what number they are.
I've held onto the hastily Xeroxed (and re-Xeroxed...and re-Xeroxed) pages of this 60-page chain letter for over 20 years, at first because it's filled with interesting names and drawings (again, not originals...dammit!) by famous artists, and then later because the very concept of a physical chain letter has become so antiquated.
The letters include everyone from Bette Midler to Goldie Hawn, from the late wife of Ricardo Montalban to JFK's press secretary, from publisher Joni Evans to the Hollywood Reporter's George Christy. To me, it's fascinating.
Check out the pages in the gallery above, and some notes on the pages below...