Just like its first edition, my 2nd Golden Boy Blogathon was a success and I’m forever thankful to all the great bloggers who participated with articles of top quality! I host a few blogathons, but this one might be my favourite. 😉 Anyway, it’s great to see that Bill is not forgotten today, that he is still loved, admire and, despite his personal problems, respected.
He certainly was one of a kind and, as Emily at The Flapper Dame said, I’m sure he would have been the most handsome 99 years old man!
You might like to know that your articles have all individually been shared, not only on Twitter, but also in a great William Holden Tribute group on Facebook where fans truly appreciated what they read! If you are on Facebook as well, come say hello. We’re nice! 😉
If you still didn’t have the time to publish your article, no worries! I will gladly add it to the roster and promote it on Twitter/Facebook, but well, don’t wait next month either lol because I’ll be in Spain!!
So, after two months of waiting patiently for this event, the 2nd Golden Boy Blogathon: A William Holden Celebration is finally here!
It is, of course, my honour to host this event for the second year as I, like many of you I’m sure, am always willing to celebrate the wonderful actor that William Holden was.
The event start today and will end on April 17 , 2017 on Bill’s birthday. Please submit your entry within those dates by commenting on this post or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Twitter@Ginnie_SP, or by messaging our Facebook page.
Your entry will be included to the roster as you submit it.
If you have a Twitter account, please include your Twitter handle in your submission. That would be great as it will help me to promote your entry!
To the readers (and bloggers) make sure to read all the wonderful entries that were written by these participants of quality. There is a lot of efforts put in our William Holden celebration!
“I like joy; I want to be joyous; I want to have fun on the set; I want to wear beautiful clothes and look pretty. I want to smile and I want to make people laugh. And that’s all I want. I like it. I like being happy. I want to make others happy.”
– Doris Day –
The story of me and Doris Day is one that I shall always cherish. What I can mainly say is that, from the moment I first heard about her, she only brought me goods in my life. Doris Day is, to me, a synonym of “success” and “optimism”.
Today, the retired actress celebrates her 95th birthday. We were long confused on her birthday date, but it has just been confirmed that the actress was born in 1922 (and not in 1924 like she and most people thought). And we’re glad she’s taking it with humour! And, I have to honour to be born the same day as her (but several years later)! What a luck! Marlon Brando, Jan Sterling, Alec Baldwin and Leslie Howard are also among my birthday twins. My friend Michaela from Love Letters to Old Hollywood is, this weekend, hosting The Doris Day Blogathon in honour of this fabulous actress and singer. I obviously considered necessary to pay her a tribute, explain to you how she became one of my idols.
Before going further, I want to thanks Michaela for hosting this amazing blogathon! You can read the other entries here.
The first time I heard of Doris Day, it was via one of her songs. There was this radio program called “Tout un Cinema”, which unfortunately doesn’t exist anymore. Only film musics were played in this show, so, it obviously was a real treat for cinephiles like me. I remember I was on the road with my cousins and their parents. I had spent a few days with them at their cottage in the country and we were coming back to Montreal. We decided to listen to the program and the animator, Rémy Girard (one of Quebec’s greatest actors) introduced it with a Doris Day’s song: “Oh Me, Oh My!” from the musical Tea for Two. This song is a cute, simple and joyful one. Maybe not the deepest thing Doris ever sang, but it remains a sympathetic one.
And “Oh Me, Oh My” became my first Doris Day’s inspiration. But we’ll come back to that later.
If I heard my first Doris Day’s song in the summer (or was it autumn?), it’s during the following winter vacations that I saw my first Doris Day’s film. This one was The Man Who Knew Too Much, which was part of an Alfred Hitchcock’s DVD Box set I had received for my previous birthday. I knew that Doris was better known for her romantic comedies and her musicals, so this suspense was an unusual one. Well, Doris Day proved to be a brilliant actress. The Man Who Knew Too Much reveals her capacity to play drama and, introduces her most well-known song: Que Sera Sera (unfortunately, too many people don’t know that this song was first written for an Alfred Hitchcock’s film). This scene where she [spoiler alert] learns that her son has been kidnapped always breaks my heart. 😦 Anyway, as I’ve probably mentioned it before, this film became my favourite Hitchcock’s film, my mother’s too (well, I think. Anyway, she loves Que Sera Sera) and it encouraged my sister to see more films by the master. This is, of course, not only due to Doris Day’s convincing performance and lovely singing voice, but also to the excellent suspense, and Day’s brilliant co-star, the one and only James Stewart.
But let’s come back to “Oh Me, Oh My!” I’ve previously told you that this song inspired me. How? Well, after these winter vacations, I had a class in CEGEP to develop our creativity. For our final project, we had a very vague theme imposed to us and we had to use it for a personal creation. It could be anything we wanted. At the time, the song was always stuck in my head, so I used it to write a play! This one was a one-act comedy entitled “Oh Me!” and was the story of a girl who decides to learn the song for a “Sing Doris Day contest”. However, she decides to learn it word by word, so the process isn’t going very fast (and the irony is that it is a pretty easy song). I was surprised to see that people loved the play and I succeed with a pretty good note (don’t remember the exact result, but it was over 90%). This is one of the factors that encouraged me to study screen writing!
I also had to see more Doris Day films and listen to her music. So, I didn’t make long to buy some of her CDs and films. In cinema, her presence never failed to illuminate the screen. Her films are the feel-good movies by excellence (my favourite example being Romance on the High Seas). She was a true star and she was rarely overshadowed by other actors or actresses. She could play comedy and drama both in excellent ways. The chemistry she had with other actors is one that inspires nothing else than true friendship (we can think of Rock Hudson)! Her dynamism and joie de vivre never fail to make me smile and say: “I want more Doris Day!” And, even if the film isn’t excellent (Please, Don’t Eat the Daisies), there would be at least one positive element about it, and that’s Doris! It’s too bad that Mrs. Day is in this category of the too underrated actresses like Marilyn Monroe. Yes, she received an Oscar nomination, but I think her acting skills deserved much more credit than they received. I read this interesting article about Doris in a Photoplay magazine where she is quoted saying: “I want all my pictures to be entertainment and I’ll never talk about art or doing anything “different” and “serious”. I hope my pictures can make people forget their troubles and start dreaming wonderfully.” We can’t think indeed of a better form of entertainment than bright Technicolour musicals. However, when Doris Day said that, she was quite at the beginning of her career and we know that she did play in more serious pictures and proved to be excellent in all forms of entertainment. Whatever if she wants it or not, she’ll always be a highly celebrated ARTIST.
Doris Day the Singer is the one I discovered first. I’ve listened to some of her songs very often and now can easily sing them! Her voice is a lovely one and matches her personality perfectly. I remember, one day, I was dining with my father and we were listening to one of my Doris Day’s CDs and when “Love Me or Leave Me” started playing, my father exclaimed “That is Doris Day? My God! It’s so great!” Well, not exactly in these words, but something like this. And I’m fortunate to have her as one of my very favourite singers, because my parents also like to listen to her during supper 😉 (Madonna and Debbie Harry are less suitable for a quiet family supper). It’s the kind of music that you can enjoy while doing various activities. Doris Day’s life objective is to make us smile and make our lives better. We feel that she transmits all her love to us via her songs (and her films). As I often said, Doris Day’s music is the best cure when one has the blues. If I have a down, I can always get over it with a song like “It’s a Great Feeling” or “There’s a Bluebird on your Windowsill”!
What I also admire about Doris Day is her courage. We know that, despite being a very cheerful person, she didn’t always have it easy. As I read in the Photoplay article, her rise to stardom was a difficult one, and her four weddings were unfortunately far from being perfect. But, Doris managed to always give us a smile and see the brighter sides of life. She’s a true inspiration.
Last time Doris Day gave me success was this semester. I was doing a team oral presentation about American female stars of the 50s and I talked about Doris Day. We got an A! How awesome! I tell you, she is my lucky charm!
Before living you, it’s top list time!
First, here are my 5 most favourite films (I would have like to do a top 10, but, unfortunately, I’ve just seen 9 of her films. I know, I know, I need to see more! I think I’m more familiar with Doris-the-Singer!)
An honourable mention to Love Me or Leave Me, in which she gives a marvellous dramatic performance and sings some of her best songs!
And now, here are my heum.. 25 most favourite Doris Day’s songs. Sorry, but I can’t limit myself to a smaller number. I love too many of them! The top is not in a particular order, because I find it more difficult to rank songs than films! But #1 IS my #1!
#1 Favourite: Sugarbush (What an excellent song to cheer you up! “Sugarbush I love you so!” 🙂 )
If I Were a Bell
Lullaby of Broadway
It’s a Great Feeling
There’s a Bluebird on Your Windowsill
A Guy is a Guy
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love Baby
Oh Me! Oh My!
Tea for Two
On Moonlight Bay
By the Light of the Silvery Moon
Love Me or Leave Me
Shaking the Blues Away
Que Sera Sera
I’m in Love
Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
Doris Day will never stop to make my life better. She will always be remembered for her brilliant acting/singing career, but also for her appreciated involvement in animal rights. Today, she lives in Carmel-by-the-Sea and she is the most lovely 95 years old lady of California!
Today, we’re celebrating something important: the legendary Sidney Poitier is 90, and he’s still with us! For the occasion, I’m hosting the 90 Years of Sidney Poitier Blogathon. Click here to read all the marvellous entries.
The first Sidney Poitier’s film I saw was In the Heat of the Night. I remember renting it at this video store that, unfortunately, doesn’t exist anymore and, like most 1967 films, truly enjoyed it. As two of the participants indicated it in their article, it’s a shame Sidney wasn’t Oscar nominated for his role. I honestly believe it’s one of his best performances. It’s full of strength, determination and charisma. You know, that kind of performance that shows us what great acting is. Anyway, just for that “They call me Mister Tibbs!” moment alone he should have been nominated.
But, luckily, Sidney won the Oscar in 1964 for his brilliant performance in Lilies of the Fields (1963). A most deserved Oscar as, I believe, it’s his best performance (well, for the films I’ve seen so far). Just like his the film itself, is portraying of Homer Smith is touching and honest. He doesn’t fail to make us smile, and share out his anger toward Mother Maria! The most amazing thing about this Oscar win is that Sidney was the first African-American actor to win an Oscar (the first actress was Hattie McDaniel for her performance in Gone With the Wind (1939) as Mammy). And it was about time! Just take a look at this speech. Golden moments like this one don’t happen often at the Academy Awards.
He’s so happy 🙂 ❤ Anyway, that moment just makes me smile so much! On another note: Anne Bancroft is gorgeous.
So far, I’ve seen 10 Sidney Poitier’s films (I know, I have many more to see) and I never was disappointed. Well, the only one that I might have liked a little less is Something of Value. I don’t know, it was a bit too dramatic. But never Sidney Poitier failed to impress me. As I told it, he kills it with that determination, the clarity of his speech, his presence, his wisdom… And that laugh! My, I love it. It just warms your heart, don’t you think?
Sidney was a man of many talents. Not only he could act, but he could also:
And even sing! (Warning: for those who haven’t seen it, this is the final scene of Lilies of the Fields! )
Ok, where is that musical starring Poitier now? Is there one? Because if yes, you have to let me know asap. And if no, well… too bad.
Sidney Poitier was not only the first African-American actor to receive an Oscar, but he also was one of the first one to be cast in leading, various and serious roles (other than a servant or a singer in a club, like it was often the case in classic films). And he rocked it and proved that not just white actors were able to play all kinds of roles. (And, between you and me, he’s better than some of them… hahaha). Sidney has always shown the greatest example of anti-racism through his films. In The Defiant Ones, he proves that an African-American and a caucasian can become friends. In Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?, he proves that love between two persons of different ethnic groups is possible. In In the Heat of the Night, he proves that black men deserve to be respected as much as white men are, etc. Well, it’s more the film itself that proves all this, but let’s say he’s the proud representative of anti-racism movies. He’s a legend and everybody should be proud of him for what he brought to the divine art of cinema.
There is much more I would like to know about Sidney Poitier. I’m familiar with his work as an actor, but, I’d like to know more about his life (other than what I can read on Internet…). So, biographies’ recommendations are quite welcome here!
In 1992 Sidney Poitier received his AFI Life Achievement Award. His friend Harry Belafonte (who will also celebrate his 90th birthday quite soon – March 1) payed a tribute to him by singing Amen. We can see Sidney he’s thrilled and it’s personally one of my most favourite YouTube videos ever!
Faithful to my habits, I’d now like to present you my top 10 Sidney Poitier’s film! Honestly, it’s a hard job because, as I’ve said, I really love all his movies. But, let’s give it a try:
1- A Patch of Blue (this one is my favourite for sure)
2- To Sir, with Love
3- Blackboard Jungle
4- Lilies of the Fields
5- The Defiant Ones
6- Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
7- No Way Out
8- In the Heat of the Night
9- Edge of the City
10- Something of Value
Well, that gives you a rough idea.
Happy 90 birthday Sidney Poitier! You are one of a kind!
I’m so happy to announce that The Golden Boy Blogathon: a William Holden Celebration will be back again this year! William Holden is my second favourite actor and I truly enjoyed celebrating him via this blog last year. It was quite a success and everybody wrote marvellous pieces! So, it obviously had to be back! 🙂
Everybody is welcomed to participate. The event will take place from April 15 to April 17 (on Bill’s birthday), 2017.
As usual, there are some simple rules to follow:
1- Choose your subject. It can be anything related to William Holden. Please, no duplicates. William Holden had a long and beautiful career, so there are plenty of ideas. Of course, if you want to write something very personal like a tribute on why you love him (like I did last year), I can allow duplicates, because it’s a very vague topic. You can write more than one entry, but I would prefer you to limit yourself to two, precisely to give the chance to others to write about a topic they love (as I don’t allow duplicates).
2- Submit your subject by commenting on this post. You can also submit it via email at email@example.com, Twitter @Ginnie_SP or via The Wonderful World of Cinema’s Facebook Page. Give me the name of your blog, the URL, and your topic.
3- Once your choice has been confirmed, please grab one of these banners to help me promote the event on your blog. The more the merrier! 🙂
4- On twitter, use the following hashtag: #2GoldenBoyBlogathon
5- On the blogathon dates, April 15, 16 and 17, 2017, I will publish a new post where you’ll be able to submit your entries. You can also send them via email, Facebook or Twitter.
6- If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. And enjoy yourself! 🙂