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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Be My Guest - Desiree (Part 1)

Desiree has graciously accepted to be my guest for this month so let's get started with part one of her questions shall we...

1. Name at least 10 of your favorite classic stars. Can be as many as you want, but at least 10.

The Women
Desiree: ha I have so many favorite classic movie stars, Monty… Well, I don’t want to clutter your blog with so many names, so I’ll list my top 10 favorite actresses and top 5 favorite actors because I relate more to actresses. My absolute favorite actress is Rosalind Russell, followed by Irene Dunne, Myrna Loy, Susan Hayward, Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Judy Garland, Elizabeth Taylor, Olivia de Havilland, and Norma Shearer. Also, Barbra Streisand, whom I admire very much as a an actress, but who is of a slightly different era from the rest of the ladies on this list. There are quite a few more, but as I said before, no clutter. My five favorite actors are Cary Grant, Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, William Powell, and Robert Montgomery.

Monty: Roz being your favorite is awesome. And then you have Cary, Irene, Myrna and lots of my favorites as well.
2. Name at least 10 of your favorite classic movies. Once again can be as many as you want, but at least 10.
Peggy Cass & Rosalind Russell in Auntie Mame

Desiree: It’s hard to say which are my 10 favorites… I have seen so many movies and like a lot of them so much. I am not that picky when it comes to classic movies, so this is difficult. I love all of Rosalind Russell’s movies, so of course, my first favorites are Auntie Mame, Gypsy, His Girl Friday, and the Women... Some other favorites that I’ve seen probably 50 times over are Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, The Awful Truth, I’ll Cry Tomorrow, I Want to Live!, I Remember Mama, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Snake Pit, Cool Hand Luke, After the Thin Man, Funny Girl (I figure this counts since it was made in the 60s). Actually, the list just goes on and on and I am sure I am leaving out some.

Monty: Since Roz is your favorite I knew His Girl Friday had to be on your list. Cool. Love seeing Cool Hand Luke, The Snake Pit, Virginia Woolf, The Awful Truth, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof among others making your list.
3. Describe your first classic movie experience. Like where did you watch it..with who, what film was it, etc...

Eliza Dolittle
 Desiree: The first time I remember watching a classic movie was probably when I watched Pygmalion with Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller with my mom. It was many years ago and I wasn’t even in high school yet, I think. I remember that I loved the movie and it’s still one of my mom’s favorite films. It was probably one of the first DVDs we owned, along with Gone with the Wind. I loved the atmosphere of this film and the way the girl was transformed by this man in the movie, even though I remember really loving the Cockney accent. And most importantly, I loved the look of the film—the black and white and the way the actors talked and dressed. It was a magical experience for me.

Monty: That does sound like a magical experience Desiree.

4. Describe your perfect way to watch a movie.

Desiree: To me, the most perfect way to watch a movie is with a friend or family member who wants to watch it. It’s so fun because you can comment on little things every now and then and smile about it—not something you can do in the movie theater because people would shush you. It’s more comfortable to watch a movie at home and I like that. And if I’m alone watching a movie… well, people will think this is crazy, but I prefer watching a movie in the morning the most. There is something cozy about it to me, I guess, and I am less tired in the morning than at night.

Monty: Sounds great either way Desiree.
I will stop here for part one of my interview with Desiree who had some wonderful answers. Be back shortly with part two.


Desiree said...

yay, it's so fun to see the answers and your replies too, monty! you chose perfect pictures too =D

Patti said...

Monty, I think it's great that you do this interview series. It's nice to get to know some other classic movie lovers. Does Desiree have a blog?

Thanks so much, Desiree, for sharing some of your favorites with us.

Tom said...

Great interview Monty. As always. Reminds me of late night TV.

Desiree said...

Patti, I do have a blog :) It's a Rosalind Russell blog.
And I'm so glad you enjoyed reading about my favorites.

Dawn said...

I relly enjoyed reading your Desiree interview .. The interviews are always so much fun to read.


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