Friday, July 20, 2012
Celeste Holm’s breakout role was as Ado Annie in the original Broadway production of “Oklahoma!” in 1943. And she went on to have a career that spanned 6 decades and stretched from Broadway to Hollywood. She won the Academy Award in 1947 for her performance in “Gentlemen’s Agreement” and was nominated for her work in “Come to the Stable” and “All About Eve.” She often returned to the Broadway stage between film roles. Celeste Holm died recently at the age of 95. She spoke to Leonard – along with co-star Fritz Weaver – back in 2000, when she was starring in a production of “Don Juan in Hell.”
Friday, July 13, 2012
Marion Cunningham spent the first half of her life raising two children and struggling with agoraphobia. In the second half of her life, she encouraged home cooks to embrace the joys of the kitchen. Along the way, she gained devotees who became friends, among them, James Beard, Judith Jones, Ruth Reichl, and Alice Waters. She’s best known for updating The Fannie Farmer Cookbook, and for her own popular Learning to Cook. Marion Cunningham recently died at the age of 90. You can listen to her conversation with Leonard in May of 1999 about Learning to Cook.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Pollster Stan Greenberg was on the Lopate Show, along with political strategist James Carville, to talk about how the middle class is getting squeezed in today's economy. He also told us he's a fan of the TV show "Homeland." Find out what else he's a fan of!
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Political strategist James Carville was on the Lopate Show, along with pollster Stan Greenberg, to discuss how the middle class is getting squeezed in today's economy. He also told us that he's a fan of the weather. Find out what else James Carville's a fan of!
Monday, July 09, 2012
The seemingly gruff, gap-toothed Ernest Borgnine won an Oscar for best actor with his portrayal of a lonely Bronx butcher in “Marty.” But he starred in over 190 film and television roles over a career that spanned six decades – including the rapscallion boat skipper in “McHale’s Navy.” Borgnine died at the age of 95. And you can listen to him reminisce about his colorful past when he spoke with guesthost Dean Olsher in August, 2008, for his autobiography, Ernie.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Nora Ephron was many things – a screenwriter and director, responsible for “Sleepless in Seattle,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “You’ve Got Mail,” and “Julie and Julia.” She loved writing, and came on the show a number of times over the years for her books I Feel Bad About My Neck, and I Remember Nothing,” as well as for her play, “Love, Loss & What I Wore.” She was also a very funny, and very generous person, who volunteered to be on the show on the spur of the moment, should a guest cancel. But she had her priorities: one of the last times we invited her to be a guest, she said that her son was performing in a band that night, and she had to be there. She died at the age of 71. You can listen to her conversations with Leonard below.
Friday, June 22, 2012
Film critics may seem almost interchangeable these days, but that was never the case with Andres Sarris. First, at The Village Voice, and then at The New York Observer, he championed auteur directors like Truffaut, Ophuls, Godard, Bergman, and Kurosawa – with style and an acerbic edge. We were lucky to have had him on as a guest over the years, before his recent death at the age of 83. And you can hear a 1992 and a 1998 interview with Leonard now.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Rodney King became famous when he was videotaped in 1991 being beaten by the Los Angeles police – and that incident spawned a week of race riots when the officers were acquitted. He was joined by his fiancée, Cynthia Kelley, when he spoke with Leonard on April 25th, for his memoir, The Riot Within, about the twenty years since that difficult time. He said during the interview how swimming and fishing helped him deal with some of the emotional scars. He was found dead on June 16 in his home swimming pool.