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  1. I mean, there is absolutely no denying or making excuses for the fact that Birth of a Nation is objectively, blatantly racist (even "for the time") and its success had horrific repercussions that still last to this day. As far as I've seen, Gish never made any blatant statements about Civil Rights and never denounced her association with the movie. She never hesitated to put Griffith on a pedestal throughout her whole life, but he did kind of give her a career and help to pioneer the industry and art form she was so passionate about. Despite the backlash at the time (the NAACP boycotted the movie), it wasn't until fairly recently that the general consensus has fully condemned BOAN- for example, when Gish presented Best Picture at the 1981 Oscars, Johnny Carson spoke only of the movie in his introduction of Gish. So if the public didn't have that much of a problem with it, then how can we blame her? I know this has been a bit of a rant, but it seems so cut and dry to me and I've always had such a deep appreciation for Gish that I feel like talking about it. I actually have a friend who attends BGSU and next time I see her I'll be sure and ask if she's aware of the situation. She certainly has never heard of any of the long-dead people involved with the controversy.
  2. https://deadline.com/2019/06/lillian-gish-birth-of-a-nation-bowling-green-state-university-name-removal-1202636690/ Here we go again. Bowling Green has taken the Gish Sisters' names off of a University theater due to Lilian's being a cast member in Birth of a Nation. This makes me especially sad because I've always had wonderful feelings about Lilian Gish. For someone who came to prominence as a Silent actress, nobody speaks more eloquently or with more passion about the movies than she does. Her AFI acceptance speech is a real treat. Birth of a Nation was a prominent element of Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman last year, and he received the Lilian and Dorothy Gish Prize in 2013. In his acceptance speech, especially thanked Lilian for being a part of two of the films that helped shape him the most during film school- Birth of a Nation and Night of The Hunter, so take that as you may. About fifty Hollywood figures including Helen Mirren, Martin Scorcese, James Earl Jones, and Malcolm McDowell signed a letter decrying the decision. BGSU responded by saying that they won't reverse their decision. However, they are retaining Lilian's honorary degree, the scholarship in her name, and all of the archival collections, papers, and money she donated to the school.

    Gloria Vanderbilt has died at 95. I really enjoyed all of the art and family history on her Instagram, which was active until a week ago.
  4. We can't forget OJ- who, to put it mildly, was probably at his most-loved around 1973-74. As far as sixth season guest stars go, it was no small feat to hook Lucille Ball for an appearance!
  5. Your (hilarious) joke prompted me to look up Janos Prohaska, which I assume I've never done before, because I don't think I knew that the poor guy died in a plane crash in 1974. I'd like to know how he ended up in Hollywood with a career as a proto-Doug Jones.
  6. Isn't there a "show" featuring a monkey in season four? It might have come earlier, but unsurprisingly that's not one that I revisit too often. As far as the 12 post-ILL seasons go, IMO the first year of The Lucy Show is the best, but seasons five and six of HL are an easy second. Honestly, I'd rank Life With Lucy above two or three of her other seasons. TLS's fifth year is the nadir as far as I'm concerned, although "Mooney The Monkey" can stand up against any episode of Kardashians, Riverdale, or The Bachelor as far as I'm concerned; and in a similar vein, two of the most maligned episodes of ILL, "Rodeo" and "Drafted" are laugh riots compared to this year's Outstanding Comedy Series winner. I agree that Bob & Madelyn's scripts were almost always exceptional, so one can't blame Lucy for keeping them on through the 80s, but that conversation has been done to death. Another tidbit about "Song and Dance" that came to mind: I noted how over the top Eddie Albert was pitched in this episode. Compare this with his Oscar-nominated role in The Heartbreak Kid two years earlier (directed by Elaine May, who HarryCarter and I were recently raving about). It's clear that Albert knew just what kind of a show he was on, and adjusted his performance accordingly. It makes me respect him quite a bit more, because that's not something actors are always able to do.

    Sylvia Miles has passed away and suddenly the world is a little less wild. I know it’s been praised to death, but her one brief scene in Midnight Cowboy is a sight to behold.
  8. "Lucy Gives Eddie Albert The Old Song and Dance" is a ridiculously entertaining episode- and a ridiculously long title. It comes from my very favorite season of Here's Lucy, and one of the best post-ILL seasons, period. Sure, the premise and the jokes are well-worn, but when they're being delivered by so many "ghosts" of Lucy shows past, it feels like a knowing nod to the wonderful formula that was coming to a close after a quarter century. At a time when series finales weren't really a thing, let alone the forethought and fan service that goes into tying up loose ends during the final seasons of today's long-running shows, Here's Lucy has a surprising amount of closure during its last year. This episode alone has appearances from MJC, Doris Singleton, and Jerry Hausner, and what I can only assume is a veiled reference to Richard Widmark's grapefruits and maybe even Bob and Madelyn bringing back the Long, Long Trail from "TV Antenna". It probably wasn't intentional, but when old timer Eddie Albert jokes about the X-Rated material he expects from his new script and Mary Jane mentions how a 20s themed show would be old fashioned, it feels like the show is acknowledging how it's undoubtably entertainment of another era. A few other stray things I noticed: -When Mary Jane makes her Englebert Humperdinck joke and goes into a wheezing laugh, it looks like Lucy is caught off guard, and possibly ad libs "You silly goose". If this really was unplanned, I love it, and I love the fact that it shows how Mary Jane could elevate material. -Lucy reaches into her purse to show Eddie Albert a picture of Dean Martin's knobby knees. Obviously this was the payoff to the earlier line about "The Dingaling" possibly having a gun in her purse, but I would at least like to know why and how Lucy Carter carries a picture of Dean Martin's exposed knees with her. -I wish we could see Mary Jane and Vanda's "Crime and Punishment" routine. -Lucy's own voice is featured in "Makin' Whoopee", and it's absolutely fine, proving once again that Mame's problems lie elsewhere. -At Eddie Albert's house, when he tries to tell Lucy that he doesn't want to do the show, she immediately launches into a fast paced mish-mash of dialogue about how wonderful and adorable he is while walking out the door. On the surface, one could assume that it's just the ditzy Lucy character not being able to read the room, but Lucy's performance suggests otherwise. Lucy is too experienced a manipulator to not realize what Eddie is trying to say. I think that Lucy (the character) knew exactly how to play Albert and make him think that she was an airhead in order to skirt the issue, which is a brilliant choice from Lucy (the actress). The same thing goes for the scene at the office where she guilts him into doing it with talk of the underprivileged kids, although it's more obvious that she's being manipulative- just look at her eyes when Eddie joins her in singing!
  9. Lucy Sightings!

    Lucy in London writer Ron Friedman returned to Gilbert Gottfried's podcast for their latest episode. He tells a brief story about being at the Roxbury House. The doorbell rang and Lucy asked Cleo to see who it was. Apparently it was a woman who knew where Lucy lived and wanted to use the bathroom. Lucy told Cleo to tell the woman to "go fuck herself, this isn't a Union Station." Also, Gilbert briefly ragged on good old "unwatchable" Life With Lucy
  10. https://www.walmart.com/ip/I-Love-Lucy-Colorized-Collection-DVD/656870122 For some reason only Wal-Mart has a listing for this right now. As per TV Shows on DVD, where I read about it: I Love Lucy - The Colorized Collection (CBS/Paramount)DVDEXTRAS: all-new bonus content detailing the process for colorizing the original black & white episodes-----The laughs never stop with the I Love Lucy: Colorized Collection, with 16 full-length colorized I Love Lucy episodes, including Lucy's Italian Movie (grape stomping), Lucy Does a TV Commercial (Vitameatavegamin), Job Switching (chocolate factory), and more of your Lucy favorites in COLOR! 2-disc set includes 16 classic I Love Lucy episodes beautifully colorized, including 8 colorized episodes that are new-to-DVD! I'm glad we're finally getting all of them together, but I hope this isn't all of them!
  11. Lucy on Cheers?

    So in today's blog post, Ken states that Lucy had only heard of the show, but in the GQ article from 2012 he says that she was already a viewer in '82? The Charles Brothers' claiming that she was a fan but backed out for fear of playing something different from the Lucy character sounds very believable. Just earlier that year she hosted the Three's Company retrospective, so clearly she was willing to appear on a show that she liked, and a few years before she did a guest appearance on the poorly-rated The Practice. If her reasoning really was that she didn't want to be on a show that nobody was watching, it's a shame they didn't ask her back a couple of years later.
  12. Tim Conway has died

    It’s impossible to watch Tim and not glean some sort of comedic knowledge from his performances. He entertained so many, but inspired so many as well. It’s interesting that two of his most famous bits- the “Dentist” sketch and the Elephant Story are so well-known. The Dentist was from season two of TCBS, and as we know, nothing from that era of the series saw the light of day until very recently. The Elephant Story is an outtake and I have no idea when it was first seen publicly. That’s why I think it’s so cool that Tim’s comedic genius kind of bypassed copyright laws because people just had to see this stuff.
  13. Doris Day has died

    A couple of months ago I made a donation to the Animal Foundation, and knowing that Doris read all of her fan mail meant I had to include a letter. Her response is one of my most prized possessions, and I highly recommend honoring her life by making a contribution.
  14. Doris Day has died

    Her foundation just reported the news

    I don't remember it happening, but I'm sure it's likely. I always wonder what the gain is in these celebrity death hoaxes. Is there some kind of money to be made, or do people just want to fool others?