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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
5:46 pm est
Stars in My Eyes
Last year about this time, you will recall, I tried to predict the Oscar winners. I based my selections
on having seen almost all of the movies nominated and/or those that most appealed to my quirky, “different” eclectically
erratic and often erudite tastes. But, sadly, the flicks and stars that I really liked and predicted to get the gold walked
away empty-handed. This year, rather than embarrass myself once again, I am forgoing my star-studded seer status…No
choices listed here, folks. Sorry to disappoint…
But…that being said…I really, really, really
want Meryl Streep to win “Best Actress” for her startling scary performance as the wicked, vile witch in Into
the Woods, although I just know it will go to Julianne Moore in Still Alice who so eloquently portrayed a brave
English professor in the throes of the angst, trauma, and drama of early onset dementia. Regardless of who wins this year,
I will be avidly watching, forgoing the last episode of Downton Abbey Season 5 (which, I have to confess, I’ve
already seen on DVD. Twice.)
Seventy-six years ago in 1939, Gone With the Wind received eleven Oscar
nominations, capturing Best Picture. Vivian Leigh was awarded Best Actress and Hattie McDaniel, in a historical breakthrough
for black actresses (and actors), won Best Supporting Actress for her delightfully poignant role as Mamie. Sadly and unfortunately,
Clark Gable lost his bid…But the number of Oscars accrued was indeed a monumental “sweep” for what has
become one of the most favorite and most watched movie in our modern era of filmmaking. All the more so, since it was produced
during the first full year of color movies – The Wizard of Oz being the first full-length feature to, um, feature
Technicolor in all its glory.
So, imagine, if you will – and which I easily can – being an aspiring
young scriptwriter on the set of GWTW and coming face to face with its audaciously arrogant producer, David O. Selznick. Imagine
meeting and coming under the protective wing of Carole Lombard (who was not in the movie, but as Clark Gable’s mistress
and later wife played an important role in its successful production) and writing a few of its scenes. Imagine being there
first hand as the burning of Atlanta (filmed in one take) rages on a Culver City back lot; watching as Scarlett declare, “I
will never be hungry again!”; and being privy to the more intimate details of one of the most famous Hollywood romances
– that of Gable and Lombard…Oh, what fun that would be!
I can more than imagine it, as I have lived
my dream job through the pages of A Touch of Stardust, a most delightfully “celeb” novel written
by a talented author who, as luck would have it, has real-lie connections with the characters in her stunning novel, which
was just released today. Kate Alcott, the author, is the pseudonym of novelist Patricia O’Brien who married into the
iconic Mankiewicz family. She cleverly weaves into this grand story never-before-secrets and stories from the Golden Age of
Hollywood to more than just delight and entertain. It is an behind-the-scenes elucidating look into the workings – and
trappings – of Tinseltown.
I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing A Touch of Stardust just
before Christmas this past year – truly a gift indeed! – for www.authorexposure.com. My comments were posted yesterday, just in time for you to savor and whet your appetite for this year’s awards…Enjoy!
J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is
an author, poet, and librettist. Her currenty published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations,
volumes of poetry, stories
for children (of all ages) and
a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Monster: A Novel of Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville
during World War II
Rainbow in the Sky
Meditations for New Members
of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A
Collection of More Spiritual Poems
We Three Kings
Beauty and the Beast
Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding
Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She
is currently working on her fourth novel.