"I was reading a book the other day..." ~Jean Harlow as Kitty Packard in Dinner at Eight (1933)
Years before George Cukor directed Judy Holliday to a Best Actress of 1950 Oscar victory for bringing her classic dumb blonde Broadway performance to the big screen in Born Yesterday, he directed Harlow in one of her best performances in a film that was also that screen adaptation of a Broadway play. Tailored to showcase a bunch of stars under contract to MGM, she looks like an art deco living doll as she plays the bimbo wife of a shady businessman. She wants to move up into high class society and be genteel, even though you know she'd politely send back the gazpacho in a restaurant saying, "Oh, waiter, this soup is cold." She hates her husband's shadiness and we love her for that. She's not perfect but she'd never pick on someone having hard times. He would.
I hope Kitty Packard would like my book. I've been invited to write one for ASD Publishing, an independent publisher. I'll give you new ways of looking at old films so you can see how relevant some of these classics still are to modern times. I'll also tell you how important classics have been to me, helping me along in my life and broadcast career, helping me to make some racial breakthroughs from L.A. to New York City.
If you visit the company's website, click onto the Our Authors section, scroll down and you'll see my big head. Wish me luck as I work to prove I've got a bit of ..."the write stuff."