I've combined new and vintage clips here to show you the kind of film-related program I'd love to do and what I would bring to it. Movies are my passion. This blog piece reveals how sexy and dramatically strong Marilyn Monroe was in Actors Studio classes in New York City. I find out in Hollywood from Oscar winner Lou Gossett, Jr., one of Marilyn's classmates. I'll take you into the historic Atlanta home of a woman whose novel was turned into a top Hollywood Oscar-winning classic and box office champ. You'll also see me with Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Paul McCartney and Madonna.
From last year's TV pilot shoot, Gene Seymour and I discuss a new romantic comedy starring Chris Rock and Julie Delpy. The French actress also wrote and directed 2 Days in New York in which they played a couple dealing with a visit from her loopy family.
From New York City, let's travel down to Atlanta. Margaret Mitchell wrote the bestselling novel that millions of readers eagerly awaited to see turned into a major motion picture. The 1939 Hollywood classic made box office and Oscar history. Vivien Leigh won Best Actress for her memorable performance as the iron-willed Southern belle, Scarlett O'Hara. Clark Gable was nominated for the most famous role of his long film career, Rhett Butler. Hattie McDaniel was the first black person nominated for an Oscar and the first one to win. She was voted Best Supporting Actress. In another TV pilot, I had the sheer joy to co-host with Widdi Turner. We visited the home of the woman who wrote Gone With The Wind.
Clark Gable's final film was 1961's The Misfits, a dramatic modern western with an original screenplay by famed Death of a Salesman playwright, Arthur Miller. Gable's leading lady in The Misfits was Arthur Miller's wife, screen legend Marilyn Monroe.
In these two parts, Lou Gossett tells us about a Marilyn Monroe we never saw.
Off-camera, Mr. Gossett told me specifically that Monroe did the Blanche DuBois role in scenes for class. Wow. If only video footage with audio of Marilyn Monroe's work in her Actors Studio classes existed today. The actress was serious about her craft.
Wish me luck with the pilot. I'd love to return to the television workforce.