Daily Archives: January 3, 2011

Anne Francis is Dead at 80

Actress Anne Francis passed away today at the age of 80 due to complications of pancreatic cancer. Francis, of Ossining, New York, passed away at a retirement home in Santa Barbra, California, where she had resided for several years.

Just this past week I had been watching a Twilight Zone marathon on the SyFy channel… and one of the best pieces was one starring Anne Francis. She had done over 30 motion pictures … probably best remembered for acting in the 1956 classic science fiction film ‘Forbidden Planet.’ She was also a Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee for her role as a female detective in the 60’s TV seriesHoney West.’

She had been fighting cancer since 2007. She left her last official message on her web page in 2009:

“Dear Friends, Due to health issues, I’m unable to process my fan mail in a timely manner. For this reason, I am temporarily disabling the collectibles page. For those of you who’ve previously sent me fan mail and autograph requests, I’ll try to process them when I am able to do so. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Sincerely, Anne.”

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An up and down day…

The biggest down happened when I stupidly got one of those smaller size CDs jammed in my CD Drive, not realizing that the Mac’s CD Drive can’t accept the smaller disks. Now the Computer is going to have to go into the shop to have it removed… probably on Friday. That will probably mean no blog for a couple of days… and perhaps no Cartoon(s) of the Week. Oh well.

On the Up side, I managed to locate Dr. Stephen Aaron, a noted stage director and psychologist who gave me my first New York theater job in the early 70s… as electrician at his New Theater Workshop. Steve is also noted for a book he published in 1986 on Stage Fright and the psychology behind the condition.

I have been wanting to explore the possibility of creating something like the New Theater Workshop here in Shepherdstown… a monthly program presenting the draft manuscript of a new play done with actors (to help the playwright get an idea of how it works on stage.) After searching for Stephen Aaron for over 5 weeks, today I located his wife’s FaceBook page and actually talked to Steve on the phone, having received a number from a woman who interviewed him for the Harvard Crimson in 2007. I now have an e-mail connection for him and am working on all the questions I have about his New Theater Workshop experience.

This is going to be a busy week, aside from getting the computer repaired. I’m covering for John Case again on WSHC on Friday Morning, I have a job interview on Thursday, and I have a couple of projects to look into… and a Doctor’s appointment.

I hope your New Year is mostly Ups and few Downs.

Pete Postlethwaite dead at 64

I’m sorry to bring the news that Pete Postlethwaite, the great British actor, has succumbed to Cancer at the much too early age of 64.

This from OK Magazine:

Pete Postlethwaite

The Oscar-nominated thespian has starred in Alien 3, The Usual Suspects, Amistad, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, as well as countless movies dating back to 1975, was nominated for an Academy Award for The Name of The Father in 1993.Steven Spielberg, the director for Amistad and Jurassic Park called Pete “the best actor in the world.” To which point, Pete responded, “I’m sure what Spielberg actually said was, ‘The thing about Pete is that he thinks he’s actually the best actor in the world.’ ”

My favorite Postlethwaite film is Brassed Off where, as Danny the band leader, he saves the brass band affiliated with a closing coal mine in Wales. It is a funny, sad, and inspiring film. More recently he appeared in Ben Affleck’s film The Town.

Postlethwaite is one of those actors that will be truly missed.