I am very saddened by the news of Robert Osborne’s passing today, 6 March 2017. He was the beloved host of Turner Classic Movies from 1994 until the present, and served as a guide to classic films and actors for movie fans of all ages. He was a genial, courteous, gentlemanly host who also had a special touch as a sensitive and insightful interviewer of the surviving stars from the classic film era. I will always especially treasure his interview with Kim Novak, a very private person, in which his gentle, sympathetic questioning allowed her to open up and share with viewers her struggles and joys as an actress in 1950′s Hollywood.
RIP Robert Osborne, film historian and host on TCM. He set out to be an actor and was under contract to Desilu as part of Lucille Ball’s group of young actors. He did one episode of “Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse” (hosted by Desi) before Lucy took him aside and suggested that he might make a better writer than an actor. Osborne always credited Ball with his career success. He was 84.
“It’s not a particularly difficult role to play. You just wring your hands and roll your eyes and rant and rave and shriek,” Margaret Hamilton on playing The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz (1939).