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Monday, February 13, 2017

The Writer's Life 2/13 - Old Pros

Last week during the Super Bowl a friend and I were discussing the TV shows we watch. He likes the fare on cable channels that are not available in my basic package. Of the newer network shows, I watch Gotham, Scorpion, Elementary and Frequency. I'll give the new incarnation of 24 a chance, but a lot of my viewing will remain old favorites such as the original Law & Order, The X-Files, Seinfeld and lately Columbo, which, although it ran from 1971-2003, shot only 68 episodes. I was a big fan of it and Peter Falk, who passed away in 2011 at 82, when it aired in the early '70's. Once my nights became filled with writing beginning in 1975, I abandoned much of everything on television before 10 PM. I had no idea Faye Dunaway was the star of one of the episodes, It's All in the Game, the first of season 12. It ran last night on MeTV. What a treat it was to watch two great actors play against each other. Dunaway's character bought the detective gifts and literally kissed up to him in an effort to throw him off the trail of the murder she committed. It first aired in '93. Dunaway has 115 credits listed under her name at IMDb. 76, she is still going strong, five appearances scheduled in 2017. She is a rare cinema superstar not reluctant to do TV. She has also appeared on Touched by an Angel, CSI, Grey's Anatomy and several miniseries. She will be most remembered for four films: Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Chinatown (1974), Network (1974), for which she won the Oscar as Best Actress; and Mommie Dearest (1981), which generated negative press and lampoons, and which she probably would like to forget. What I believe is her finest performance may be overlooked in the end - her take as the cunning Milady in The Three Musketeers (1974), in which she was part of a star-studded ensemble. She has won 20 other awards. Here's a shout-out to Miss Dunaway, who has endured and continues to thrive in a business that has not been kind to aging actresses.

The floating book shop was again sidelined, this time by high winds. It was another day of reading and crossword. I was recontacted by a woman from my alma mater, Western Michigan, who sent five more questions about my literary life. That filled some time. I'm hoping I will be profiled on the school's website, despite the fact that all but two of my eight books have been self-published. I chose to be upfront about that. Although I've done such interviews before and they led nowhere, I'll always take a chance, even if it results in only a single sale - or none.
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