Marilyn Monroe in Life and Death

Posted on June 26th, 2019
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When film director Billy Wilder was asked about his working relationship with the notoriously unstable Marilyn Monroe, he replied: “I have an Aunt Ida who lives in Vienna.  She’s on time for everything.  Her memory is good, so she could learn lines.  But I would never think of casting her in a movie.  Who would […]

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Billy Buckner’s Decisive Moment in Death

Posted on June 6th, 2019
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In photography, it’s called “the decisive moment.” The term, coined by French master, Henri Cartier-Bresson, refers to the shot which captures all of the significance of an event, including hints of antecedent conditions. Think of the exhilarating moment recorded by Alfred Eisenstaedt with the kiss in Times Square on VJ day, August, 1945. Or the […]

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Julius Caesar Didn’t Own A Life Insurance Policy

Posted on May 28th, 2019
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“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears. I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.” So begins the most famous eulogy ever written: Marc Antony’s stirring tribute to the assassinated leader of Rome, Julius Caesar.  With words carefully chosen, some subtle, others inflammatory, Antony cleverly praised Caesar — his aim was to rally the […]

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The Night I Kissed Doris Day

Posted on May 20th, 2019
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When Doris Day passed away last week at the age of 97 in her Carmel, Ca. home, it was announced that there would be no funeral, no memorial service and interment would take place in an unmarked grave. That’s not surprising to anyone paying attention to her career — this superstar never followed a conventional […]

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It’s Not Your Grandparent’s Funeral Anymore

Posted on May 9th, 2019
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In the opening scenes of “The Big Chill,” Lawrence Kasdan’s fine 1983 film, a group of aging former 60’s radicals gather in a stately Baptist church for the funeral service of a friend who has committed suicide. “Rock of Ages” is being played on the organ as people assemble in the pews.  A traditional sermon, […]

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