Sometimes if you’re an actor, it’s helpful to not have a specific look about you. Early In his career, a casting director told Hume Cronyn that he didn’t look like anything, but that may have helped him achieve the longevity many actors only dream of
The Canadian-born Cronyn had a decades-long career in the theater, movies, television and radio. Not to mention a 52-year marriage to actress Jessica Tandy
In 1991, the then-80-year-old Cronyn wrote his autobiography a book he called A Terrible Liar.
So here now from 1991. Hume Cronyn.
After 52 years of marriage, Jessica Tandy died in 1994. Two years later Hume Cronyn married Susan Cooper, his old friend who had persuaded him to write his autobiography. He died in 2003 just a month before his 92nd birthday.
It was on this date 66 years ago that one of the most popular, most durable, and most iconic situation comedies in television history was born.
Taking place mostly in a tiny two room apartment in Brooklyn, The Honeymooners set new standards for television comedy.
Captained by the comic genius of Jackie Gleason, the show also featured the versatile Art Carney, Joyce Randolph, and, of course, as Ralph Kramden long-suffering wife Alice, Audrey Meadows.
A classically beautiful actress who purposely downplayed her looks for the role, Meadows also proved to be a formidable counterpoint to the Ralph Kramden character.
In 1994, Audrey Meadows wrote a book called Love, Alice. And there was no way I was going to miss the opportunity to meet her and talk with her. After all, I had grown up with The Honeymooners, and I confessed, I was more than a little starstruck.
So here now, from 1994, Audrey Meadows.
Audrey Meadows died in 1998, just five days before her 74th birthday.
In nearly thirty years of interviewing celebrities and big names, I didn’t often get very Starstruck, but this day I did.
It’s hard to overstate how big a star Mickey Rooney was. For decades, he was one of the most recognizable names and faces in all of Hollywood. If you’ve ever watched one of his movies on one of the classic movie networks, you know his Andy Hardy series, and all those hey kids, let’s put on a show movies with Judy Garland.
To the general public, Mickey was known primarily for two things: his height, he was only five foot three, and his marriages, of which there were many.
So when he published his Memoirs in 1994, I jumped at the chance to interview him.
But as you’re about to hear, Mickey wanted to talk about not just the book he was there to promote, but all his other books. I think he was a frustrated author at heart.
Anyway, here now, from 1994, the great Mickey Rooney.
Had he lived, Mickey Rooney would ha veeb 100 today. He died in 2014, at the age of 93.