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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Contributing Editor: MELISSAANNE

Deborah Kerr
CONTRIBUTIONS: 1 Performer: Jeanne Crain; 1 Favorites List: MelissaAnne's TEN FAVORITE CLASSIC MOVIES

E-MAIL CONTACT: literaryace@peoplepc.com

LOCATION: Nebraska, U.S.A.

BIRTHDAY: June 15, 1975


INTERESTS: I'm a writer by profession and by choice. I work at a book publishing company by day and by night, I work on my second and third novels. I'm shopping my first completed novel around to agents. I love to collect anything and everything Snoopy, and I also love to prowl Ebay for great classic movie deals! I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter and my stepson, and traveling across the state to visit my family. I love to travel and I'm itching to get on a plane again soon! I also love books, and my husband and I have managed to cram our basement full of new and used books. We never turn down the chance to check out a used bookstore! I also love history, having just earned my MA in History from UNL in December of 2004. My thesis focused on the German POW camp at Fort Robinson, Nebraska, and this has re-launched my interest in the 1940s. When I was a child, I used to watch the old classic movies on my PBS station, and I've just recently started collecting them on DVD instead of on the old VHS tapes. You can visit my blog, Grosvenor Square: Musings On the Writing Life

WHAT MAKES A MOVIE A CLASSIC: A classic movie touches your heart in a way no other can. It doesn't necessarily have
to be from the Golden Age of Hollywood to be a classic, but this is where many of my dearest favorites originated - from the 1940s-early 1960s. These movies never grow old to me - I can watch them over and over. In short, they are timeless and can hold their own in any generation.

MOVIE MEMORABILIA: I just recently started collecting classic movies on DVD that I watched as a child on Sunday afternoons on PBS. It's been such a thrill to watch them again. I own a script of Gone With the Wind (1939) as well as a few LIFE magazines that feature GWTW on the cover. I plan on increasing my classic movie collection memorabilia substantially in the next few years.

PERFORMERS MET: I've never met any performers, but I have visited Hollywood and the Chinese Theatre with all of the wonderful footprints and handprints of the stars.

FAVORITE MOVIES: Frenchman's Creek (1944), The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), Laura (1944), State Fair (1945), Father Goose (1964), Von Ryan's Express (1965), They Got Me Covered (1943), Ball of Fire (1941), An Affair to Remember (1957), That Touch of Mink (1962), Gone With the Wind (1939), Princess Bride (1987)

FAVORITE ACTORS/ACTRESSES: Cary Grant, Dana Andrews, Bob Hope, Matthew Mcconaughy, Colin Firth, Judi Dench, Julia Roberts, Renee Zelwegger, Gene Tierney, Jeanne Crain, Deborah Kerr, Joan Fontaine, Vivien Leigh ....

TESTIMONY: The short answer? Classic movies make me FEEL good. The longer answer? They take me back to a forgotten time when a movie didn't need to have sex, violence, and foul language to get an audience. The story, the music, the actors all combined to create a magnificent piece of art. I love their simplicity, yet they were not simple at all. To me, classic movies have more heart than the movies of today - which, to me, is why they are classic.

*Contributed by: "MelissaAnne" Date: Thurs, Nov 17 2005 / 14:36:56 PST

This contributor is represented by a photo of Deborah Kerr.

Movie stills displayed: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), State Fair (1945), Gone With the Wind (1939), Father Goose (1964)

Updated: Tue, Sept 13 2005 / 09:26:27 PST