Archive for September, 2011

Alien Invasions

Deborah Kerr, CBE (30 September 1921 – 16 October 2007) was a highly successful British, television and film actress from Glasgow. She won the Sarah Siddons Award for her Chicago performance as Laura Reynolds in Tea and Sympathy, a role which she originated on Broadway, a Golden Globe Award for the motion picture The King and I, and was a three-time winner of the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress. She was also the recipient of honorary Academy, BAFTA and Cannes Film Festival awards.

She was nominated six times for an Academy Award as Best Actress but never won competitively. In 1994, however, she was awarded the Academy Honorary Award, cited by the Academy as “an artist of impeccable grace and beauty, a dedicated actress whose motion picture career has always stood for perfection, discipline and elegance”.

Her films include The King and I, An Affair to Remember, From Here to Eternity, Quo Vadis, The Innocents, Black Narcissus, Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp and Separate Tables.

Although the Scottish pronunciation of her surname, /ˈkɛr/, is closer to a phonetic reading of the name, when she was being promoted as a Hollywood actress it was made clear that her surname should be pronounced the same as “car”. To avoid confusion over pronunciation, Louis B. Mayer of MGM billed her as “Kerr rhymes with Star!”

Jerry Lee Lewis

Desperate Measures.

Got my first dollar in the mail today from a real patroness of the arts. It came with a sweet card. I am going to frame it and hang it with pride in the mobile mansion. I would tell who it is but you know how the true benefactors are about their anonymity.

By the way:

Send $2.50 to cover the cost of an envelope and postage and printer ink and I would be happy to send you a copy (signed by the artist) of your favorite “Amazing Person” or comic story.

If you don’t want it folded, send $5.00 for a bigger envelope and more postage.

The address again: Michael Fisher, 20030 El Rancho Way, Monte Rio, CA, 95462

PS- Throw in another dollar and I’ll send you a mongrel original slogan badge randomly chosen from the Duck and Cover catalog.

PPS- If you don’t know what any of this is about please go back a couple of blog entries to “Wrote A song About My Existence…”