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CA PODCAST EPISODE 65 – Robert Redford

Redford began acting on television in the early 1960s. He earned an Emmy nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Voice of Charlie Pont in 1962. 

Between 1974 and 1976, exhibitors voted Redford Hollywood’s top box-office name. His hits included The Great Gatsby (1974), The Great Waldo Pepper (1975), and Three Days of the Condor (1975).

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PODCAST EPISODE 64 – Don Ameche

Don Ameche played the title character in The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1939). It led to the use of the word, “ameche”, as slang for telephone in common catchphrases, as noted by Mike Kilen in the Iowa City Gazette (December 8, 1993): “The film prompted a generation to call people to the telephone with the phrase: ‘You’re wanted on the Ameche.’

In the 1940 film Go West, Groucho Marx proclaims, “Telephone? This is 1870, Don Ameche hasn’t invented the telephone yet”. While in the 1941 film Ball of Fire, Barbara Stanwyck’s character discusses the “ameche” slang usage, “Do you know what this means: I’ll get you on the Ameche.”

Don Ameche played so many roles based on real people that on one of his radio broadcasts, Fred Allen joked, “Pretty soon, Don Ameche will be playing Don Ameche.” Soon afterwards, in It’s in the Bag!(1945), which starred Allen, Ameche indeed played himself in a bit part.

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PODCAST EPISODE 63 – Karen Black

Karen Black made her Broadway debut in 1965’s The Playroom, which received good reviews and for which she was nominated for a Drama Circle Critic Award for Best Actress. Her film debut was in The Prime Time (1960) and her first big role was in You’re a Big Boy Now (1966), directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

Her feature film career expanded in 1969, playing the role of an acid-tripping prostitute opposite Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda in the iconic counterculture movie Easy Rider. In 1970, Black appeared as Rayette, the waitress girlfriend of Jack Nicholson, in the film Five Easy Pieces, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and earned her her first Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress-Motion Picture. She also won a New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the film.

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PODCAST EPISODE 62 – Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams, along with Eugene O’Neill and Arthur Miller, is considered among the three foremost playwrights of 20th-century American drama. After years of obscurity, he suddenly became famous with The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

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PODCAST EPISODE 61- Dennis Weaver

Dennis Weaver was an American actor best known for his work in television and films from the early 1950s to not long before his death in 2006. Weaver’s two most notable roles were as Marshal Matt Dillon’s trusty partner Chester Goode on the CBS western Gunsmoke and as Deputy Marshal Sam McCloud on the NBC police drama McCloud.

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PODCAST EPISODE 60 – Vanessa Redgrave

Vanessa Redgrave comes from a British acting dynasty.
She rose to prominence in 1961 and was ranked as the ninth greatest stage actor/actress of all time. Redgrave was proclaimed by Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams as “the greatest living actress of our times”, and has won the Oscar, Emmy, Tony, BAFTA, Olivier, Cannes, Golden Globe, and the Screen Actors Guild awards.

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PODCAST EPISODE 59 – Malcolm McDowell

In a career spanning over 50 years, McDowell has played varied film roles across different genres as a character actor. He is perhaps best known for the controversial roles of Alex DeLarge in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange (1971).

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PODCAST EPISODE 58 – Edie Adams, Chanteuse & Sexpot

Edie Adams first audition: I sang the only three songs I knew during the audition, and if they had asked to hear another, I never would have made it!

After husband Ernie Kovacs died, she remained the pitch-lady for Muriel Cigars well after Kovacs’ death, intoning in a Mae West style and sexy outfit, “Why don’t you pick one up and smoke it sometime?

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