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About famewalker

Loretta Wish is a novelist, essayist, playwright, musician and writer of print and online columns and feature stories. A former newspaper reporter and government communications writer, she is now a freelance writer/editor and plays guitar in a classic rock band. A devotee of old movies and TV, she hopes that in the next life Eve Arden will star in her biopic. Unless Thelma Ritter is already attached to the project.

Secondhand Roles: Who Said No to What

When actors are deluged with offers, how do they choose? Some might seek out quality projects or box-office gold, or a change-of-pace role to keep from being typecast. Others can’t resist an exotic location or a chance to work with … Continue reading

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Robert Osborne, the Movies and Me

It’s hard to imagine anyone with more knowledge of films–and more affection for the people who make them—than Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne, who died this week at 84. I was lucky enough to meet Osborne on the inaugural … Continue reading

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Marni Nixon: The Best Film Diva You (Almost) Never Saw

Unless you were monitoring the credits, you didn’t know who you were seeing when the Sound of Music nuns were trying to solve a problem like Maria. But undoubtedly you had already heard the lovely voice of Marni Nixon, who … Continue reading

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Patty Duke – Baby Boomer BFF and Girl Power Icon

The cute wardrobe. The honey-colored flip. The way-out slang. The cool parents. The goofy-but-adorable boyfriend. And to top it off, the look-alike cousin in the adjacent twin bed sharing her confidences, her worries and all her wacky schemes and adventures. … Continue reading

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Eight Holiday TV Movies That Should Air in 2016

When December’s shopping and baking are done and it’s time to relax over cookies and TV, we usually turn to feature films like Elf or A Christmas Carol. We might even look for I Love Lucy or Honeymooners Yuletide episodes … Continue reading

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Old School Comedy: Twelve Classic College Films

Whether you’re heading to college, packing off your kids or just remembering the campus craziness of your youth, it’s the right time of year for a little movie nostalgia. Higher education has been a gold mine for humor since the … Continue reading

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Remakes: The Good, the Bad and the Untouchable

Remakes, reboots, retreads, failures of imagination—whatever you want to call them, recycled stories seem to be ruling the big and small screens. It’s hardly a new trend, since films were being redone a full century ago, but it has spiked … Continue reading

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