Jack Lemmon
American actor
Jack Lemmon
John Uhler "Jack" Lemmon III was an American actor and musician.
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Girls Will Be Boys in San Francisco
Huffington Post - 9 months
For many moviegoers, characters that cross-dress might seem like a more recent phenomenon--as far as mainstream films are concerned. Some have proven popular, like Tootsie (1982), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), The Birdcage (1996), and even White Chicks (2004). Others, like the more somber Albert Nobbs (2011), have taken time to find an audience. Looking back, there's Some Like It Hot, in which Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon dress as women and join an all-girl band in order to hide from the mob. That was released in 1959. And then there's Psycho, in which Anthony Perkins plays a killer who wears his dead mother's clothes. That debuted in 1960. Girls Will Be Boys: Cross-Dressed Women, Lesbians, and American Cinema 1908-1934, courtesy Rutgers University Press The depiction of characters that cross dress, in fact, goes back to the beginnings of film. And what's more, gender bending wasn't always played for laughs, nor was it always meant to show the unsavory side of a character. It could ...
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12 Times That Oscar Got Best Actress Wrong
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Sometimes the Academy Awards get it right. And sometimes the Oscar goes to actors for the wrong reason -- especially in the leading role categories. Let's face it, in its 88 years, there are instances where actors were awarded Oscars not because they were truly the category's strongest, but because they were the most popular, the most sentimental, played the studio politics game with the most savvy, played the most likable character, the actor whose character dies from the most horrible disease, etc. All wrong reasons. I have always loved the Academy Awards' Best Actress category, and this year's crop features the five strongest in years: Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlotte Rampling, Saoirse Ronan -- all worthy. I sincerely hope that the "best" performance wins, and I urge everyone to see all five before weighing in. If I could rewrite Best Actress history, I would tweak some of its more frustrating choices. So in chronological order, I'm calling out twelve ins ...
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First Nighter: Maurice Hines's 'Tappin' Thru Life' Is Tops, Mac Wellman's 'The Offending Gesture' Has Its Moments
Huffington Post - about 1 year
You say you want to be entertained? You say you want to see a performer working in the now fading 20th-century entertainment tradition, someone who worked alongside Ella Fitzgerald and Pearl Bailey and certainly learned from, among many others, Lena Horne and Sammy Davis Jr.? You're in great luck. Maurice Hines has just opened in a sleek and stylish act, at New World Stages, that he calls Tappin' Thru Life. It's 85 minutes of a show that looks like the highest quality Las Vegas revue, thanks not only to him as star and writer but also to director Jeff Calhoun, set designer Tobin Ost, costume designer T. Tyler Stumpf and projections designer Darrel Maloney. (Not to mention lighting designer Michael Gilliam and sound designer Michael Hahn.) And there's the nine-piece band, led by propulsive drummer Sherrie Maricle. Hines calls them the Jazz Divas Orchestra. It's an all-women combo that might remind movie lovers of Some Like It Hot's Sweet Sue and her Society Syncopaters--but without ...
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Watch Emma Stone's and Jon Hamm's Embarrassing 'Star Wars' Auditions On 'SNL'
Huffington Post - over 1 year
We're not gonna lie: Jon Hamm makes a pretty handsome Han (Hamm) Solo.  This weekend's "Saturday Night Live" hosted by Matthew McConaughey brought out the stars to revive one of our favorite sketches of all time: fake "Star Wars" auditions. The last time we were treated to this kind of foolery, Kevin Spacey was host and he secured himself a space in the "SNL" hall of fame with impressions of Christopher Walken and Jack Lemmon as Han Solo and Chewbacca.  This go-around Emma Stone, Jon Hamm, Michael Bublé and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" cast members John Boyega and Daisy Ridley stopped by the late-night comedy show to give Spacey a run for his money. Stone used the opportunity to poke fun at her much-maligned casting in the box office bomb "Aloha." Auditioning for Daisy Ridley's role of Rey, Stone remarks, "I know the 'Star Wars' universe is very diverse. I don't know if you saw the movie 'Aloha,' but I can play a very convincing part-Asian woman." Boyega commen ...
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DVDs: "The Great American Dream Machine" Turned TV "Inside Out"
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Ok, the holidays are approaching. So we've got repackaged holiday TV classics slapped together so they can be restocked in the big box stores. We've got complete sets of "classic" (or just popular or just cult-y enough) TV shows in cheaper than ever sets. We've got some hit films. We'e got pirates fighting over treasure in "Black Sails" and thank God we have Criterion and their Eclipse label to uncover some treasures from the cinematic past. Arghhhh! THE GREAT AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE ($39.98 DVD; Entertainment One) BEST OF ENEMIES ($29.98 BluRay; Magnolia) BLACK SAILS SEASON TWO ($59.99 BluRay; Anchor Bay) BETTER CALL SAUL SEASON ONE ($65.99 BluRay; Sony) Great television has been produced since they started broadcasting in the 1940s. (The Nazis delayed the spread of TV, actually, or it would have been dominant even sooner.) The decline of TV began at just about the same time.Sometimes, strangely, both happen at the same moment. Certainly The Great American Dream ...
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A Gin Cocktail History Tour of Old Hollywood
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Long before craft brews and premium vodkas, Hollywood's favorite alcohol of choice was gin. Few other cocktails personify the old-world glamor of debonair leading men and sultry screen sirens than the martini, a simple, elegant mix of gin and vermouth with a garnish of olives or lemon twist. It's not the only classic gin cocktail, though. There are also ones such as the Gimlet and the Bee's Knees, just a few of the drinks I recently had the opportunity to sample while on a tour of three legendary Hollywood hot spots with a few other writers and Luke Ford who works for Plymouth Gin. We were shuttled between Musso & Frank, Dominick's and the Sunset Marquis in pristine white old-school vehicles, including a '36 Buick Century, a '37 Studebaker Junior, a '37 Packard Senior, a '62 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud and my ride -- a $350,000 '27 Packard Presidential limo, which our very dapper-looking chauffeur Doug said was the oldest car officially for hire in the United States. We beg ...
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A Wonderful Billy Wilder Film Is Screening at MR C Beverly Hills Pool!
Huffington Post - over 2 years
all photos shot by Jay Scene at the MR C Beverly Hills Hotel pool I think I have seen Billy Wilder's wonderful comic film, "Some Like It Hot," about a hundred times. You'll remember it was the movie with Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe, about Chicago in its mobster days. A classic film, it is perhaps the best comedy movie ever made. I was privileged to produce the last movie which Mr. Wilder directed, a little-seen gem called "Buddy, Buddy," with Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. It came out at Christmas-time 1981 with two dozen other movies and got lost in the boxoffice rush as the failing MGM studio did not have the funds to promote it properly (or at all.). But the year which I spent with the gentleman director was probably the best professional experience of my long life. Driving to the set with him every day, inhaling the smoke from his Cuban cigar as he told me stories of the old Hollywood, what could have been better? ...
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13 People Who Took Their Sense Of Humor To The Grave ... And Beyond
Huffington Post - about 3 years
It's great to have a sense of humor about life, but what might be even better is taking your sense of humor with you into the great beyond. And for these people, though their time on this planet has ended, their ability to joke about it has not. 1. Actor Leslie Nielsen, known best for his performances in "Airplane!" and the "Naked Gun" series, always had great comedic timing. Shirley. 2. Yep. 3. This tombstone, according to Ripley's Believe It Or Not, rests in Thurmont, Md. Well, whatever your outlook on the afterlife, it's good to be dressed for it. 4. Hey, some men are boob guys, some are buck guys. 5. Hmm, to be decided. 6. Mel Blanc voiced an insane number of cartoon characters, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig, and his voice continues to carry on after his death. 7. Some people NEVER forget to send Christmas cards. Chet Fitch died in October of 2007, but his sense of humor lived on when his close friends and family all received Christmas Car ...
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On Seth, Johnny and the straight man
Chicago Times - about 3 years
In his occasionally salacious but richly layered biography of Johnny Carson, Henry Bushkin (Carson's longtime lawyer, compadre and acolyte) describes a party in 1979, at the home of Gina and Henry Mancini. The guests included Jack Lemmon, Gene Kelly, Roger Moore , James Stewart, Michael Caine, Cary Grant and their ilk. In Bushkin's telling, and his voice is legitimized throughout this volume by his generally having been in the actual room at the time, these formidable but interchangeable egos...
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HOUSE of CARDS STAR KEVIN SPACEY is coming to Washington, DC! (You will be surprised to read what he says about President Nixon) Click to read
Fox News - over 3 years
(Below is from Politico — link to full interview at the end of the excerpt below) Kevin Spacey comes to Washington By CAITLIN MCDEVITT | 9/27/13   Though he makes Washington look horrible in “House of Cards,” Kevin Spacey is throwing a party here this weekend.   The Oscar winner will host a fundraiser for his foundation at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Saturday. (Don’t worry, Rep. Frances Underwood isn’t invited.) The evening’s proceeds benefit The Kevin Spacey Foundation, which supports aspiring actors and filmmakers, and the children’s charity Only Make Believe.   Ahead of the event, Spacey chatted with POLITICO about the gala, his Beltway friends and the politics of “House of Cards”:   So what brings you to Washington? Well, we’re doing one of the first things we’ve ever done in the United States for my foundation. It’s both a benefit and kind of [an introduction] to what the foundation is, what we’ve been doing over the past number of years and what some of o ...
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'Some Like It Hot' stars Jack Lemmon, who spent time in Allentown
The Morning Call - Blogs - over 3 years
Civic Theatre's Beach Film Series wraps up Sunday with a screening of "Some Like It Hot," which is arguably the funniest, richest comedy to ever come out of Hollywood.     
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Mobiledia: Toxic Facebook Friends: Tolerate, Hide or Defriend
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Everyone and their grandmas are on this strange microcosm of humanity called Facebook. The social network sounds nice and idealistic -- but it often changes people's personalities, at least how they come across online. Reducing everything to photos, updates and check-ins distills a your wit and charm, but it can also bring out the worst -- exaggerating eccentricities into full-on freakdom, turning endearing quirks into grating behaviors. The result: Facebook is the world's strangest party, with personalities that can make you lose your faith in humanity. Don't let that happen -- judicious hiding and defriending is the difference between a sane Facebook experience and the online version of Dante's Tenth Circle of Hell. But who to tolerate, hide or... gasp, delete? Lucky for you, I'll break down the personality types, along with recommendations on whether to tolerate, hide or kill... I mean, defriend them. Don't kill them... yet. 1. The Showboat Tell-Tale Signs: You ...
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Liz Kozak: Second City's All-Time Favorite Chicago Movies
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Emanuel? Emanuel? Emanuel? Mayor Rahm declared that today's Blackhawks celebration would give everyone in the city a chance to "feel like Ferris Bueller's Day Off." In honor of the unofficial official holiday, we asked our Second City family to share their all-time favorite Chicago flicks. About Last Night Based off a Mamet Play, screenplay by Second City's own Tim Kazurinski, and featuring Jim Belushi in his finest role. "Where did she develop her personality... a car crash?" -- Ronnie Feldman, Product Director, RealBiz Shorts Backdraft Hot, sweaty heroes. I watched it twelve times in the theater the summer it was released. - -Lisa Linke, Lead Facilitator, Second City Communications The Blues Brothers Greatest film soundtrack, period. -- Chrissy Borne, Account Coordinator, BizCo I can quote the whole damn thing. -- Dujuan Pritchett, Head Stage Manager, Training Center Who could argue with the wisdom of Jake and Elwood? "It's 106 miles to Chicago, ...
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'Family Ties' creator Gary David Goldberg dies
Blue Ridge Now - over 3 years
NEW YORK (AP) — Gary David Goldberg, who created the 1980s sitcom hit "Family Ties" and expanded into feature films, has died. Goldberg died of brain cancer in Montecito, Calif., on Saturday, days before his 69th birthday, The New York Times reported. Goldberg's TV successes also included the ABC comedy "Spin City," which in 1996 reunited him with "Family Ties" breakout star Michael J. Fox as the deputy mayor of New York City. "With a full heart I say goodbye to my mentor, benefactor, partner, second father and beloved friend," Fox said in a statement on Monday. "He touched so many with his enormous talent and generous spirit. He changed my life profoundly." A more modest hit for Goldberg yet much-acclaimed, CBS' "Brooklyn Bridge" (1991-93) was a tender comedy based on his experiences growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y. Marion Ross starred as a character inspired by his grandmother. Goldberg's films included "Dad" (1989), starring Jack Lemmon and Ted Danson, as well as "Bye Bye Lov ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jack Lemmon
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2001
    Age 76
    The two Epic albums were later released as A Twist of Lemmon/Some Like It Hot, a single cd on Collector's Choice Music, in 2001.
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  • 1998
    Age 73
    He publicly announced his alcoholism during a 1998 interview on Inside the Actors Studio.
    More Details Hide Details To golfers everywhere Lemmon was known as the "star" of the celebrity-packed third round telecast of the annual Bing Crosby National Pro-Am/AT&T National Pro Am, held at Pebble Beach Golf Links each February. Lemmon's packed gallery was there not only for his humor but also to root him on in his lifelong quest to "make the cut" to round 4, something he was not able to achieve.
    At the 1998 Golden Globe Awards, he was nominated for "Best Actor in a Made for TV Movie" for his role in Twelve Angry Men losing to Ving Rhames.
    More Details Hide Details After accepting the award, Rhames asked Lemmon to come on stage and, in a move that stunned the audience, gave his award to him. (The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which presents the Golden Globes, had a second award made and sent to Rhames.). He received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1988. Lemmon won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his role as Morrie Schwartz in his final television role, Tuesdays with Morrie. His final film role was an uncredited one: the narrator in Robert Redford's film The Legend of Bagger Vance. Actor Kevin Spacey recalled that Lemmon is remembered for always making time for other people. Already regarded as a legend, he met teenage Spacey backstage after a theater performance and spoke to him about pursuing an acting career. Spacey would later work with Lemmon in The Murder of Mary Phagan (1987), Dad (1989), the critically acclaimed film Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) and on stage in a revival of Long Day's Journey into Night. Lemmon was Spacey's mentor, and taught Spacey that people who do well in a business have an obligation to "send the elevator back down" to help lift people starting out on the ground floor. In his autobiography, My Life, Burt Reynolds recalls Lemmon as the quintessential gentleman who never spoke ill of anyone, even if they deserved it.
  • 1997
    Age 72
    In 1997, Lemmon was a guest voice on The Simpsons episode "The Twisted World of Marge Simpson," playing the character Frank Ormand, owner of the pretzel business that Marge Simpson franchised.
    More Details Hide Details The recurring character Old Gil Gunderson, voiced by Dan Castellaneta, is an ongoing parody of Lemmon's character in Glengarry Glen Ross.
  • 1996
    Age 71
    In 1996, Lemmon was awarded the Honorary Golden Bear award at the 46th Berlin International Film Festival.
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  • 1991
    Age 66
    Additionally, Lemmon and Matthau had small parts in Oliver Stone's 1991 film, JFK (the only film in which both appeared without sharing screen time).
    More Details Hide Details In 1993, the duo teamed again to star in Grumpy Old Men. The film was a surprise hit, earning the two actors a new generation of young fans. During the rest of the decade, they would star together in Grumpier Old Men, Out to Sea, and the widely panned The Odd Couple II.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1982
    Age 57
    He was also nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his role in the controversial film Missing in 1982, and for his roles in Some Like It Hot (1959), The Apartment (1960), Days of Wine and Roses (1962), The China Syndrome (1979), and Tribute (1980).
    More Details Hide Details He won another Cannes award for his performance in Missing (which received the Palme d'Or). In 1988, the American Film Institute gave him its Lifetime Achievement Award. Days of Wine and Roses (1962) was a favorite role. He portrayed Joe Clay, a young, fun-loving alcoholic businessman. In that film, Lemmon delivered the line, "My name is Joe Clay... I'm an alcoholic." Three and a half decades later, he stated on the television program Inside the Actors Studio that he was a recovering alcoholic.
  • FORTIES
  • 1971
    Age 46
    In 1971, Lemmon directed Matthau in the comedy Kotch.
    More Details Hide Details It was the only movie that Lemmon directed and Matthau was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for his performance.
  • 1968
    Age 43
    Lemmon appeared in many films partnered with actor Walter Matthau. Among their pairings was 1968's The Odd Couple, as Felix Ungar (Lemmon) and Oscar Madison (Matthau).
    More Details Hide Details The first film they starred in together was The Fortune Cookie (for which Matthau won the 1966 Oscar for Best Supporting Actor), The Front Page and Buddy Buddy.
  • 1967
    Age 42
    Lemmon's production company JML produced Cool Hand Luke in 1967.
    More Details Hide Details Paul Newman was grateful to Lemmon for his support and offered him the role of the Sundance Kid, later played by Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, but Lemmon turned it down. He did not like riding horses and he felt he'd already played too many aspects of the Sundance Kid's character before.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1963
    Age 38
    In 1963, Lemmon released a third album, this time on Capitol Records, entitled Jack Lemmon Plays Piano Selections from Irma La Douce.
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  • 1960
    Age 35
    Epic released a third single in 1960, Lemmon's piano solo of the theme to the film The Apartment.
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  • 1959
    Age 34
    While filming Some Like It Hot with Marilyn Monroe in 1959, Lemmon released a second album, Some Like It Hot.
    More Details Hide Details Both featured Lemmon's singing and piano solos.
  • 1958
    Age 33
    His first solo album A Twist of Lemmon was released in 1958 on Epic Records.
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  • 1956
    Age 31
    Lemmon was awarded the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1956 for Mister Roberts (1955) and the Best Actor Oscar for Save the Tiger (1973), becoming the first actor to achieve this rare double (the only other actors to achieve this are: Robert De Niro, Gene Hackman, Jack Nicholson, Kevin Spacey, and Denzel Washington).
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    He also performed songs in the 1956 film You Can't Run Away from It with Stubby Kaye and June Allyson.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1955
    Age 30
    Lemmon's singing voice was first heard on two film soundtracks in 1955, Three for the Show with Betty Grable and My Sister Eileen.
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  • 1949
    Age 24
    Lemmon's film debut was a bit part as a plasterer/painter in the 1949 film The Lady Takes a Sailor, but he went unnoticed until his debut, opposite Judy Holliday, in the 1954 comedy It Should Happen to You.
    More Details Hide Details Lemmon worked with actresses such as Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood, Betty Grable, Janet Leigh, Shirley MacLaine, Lee Remick, Romy Schneider, Doris Day, Kim Novak, Holliday, Rita Hayworth, June Allyson, Virna Lisi, Ann-Margret and Sophia Loren. He was close friends with actors Tony Curtis, Ernie Kovacs, Walter Matthau and Kevin Spacey. He made two films with Curtis, and eleven with Matthau. Early in Lemmon's career he met comedian Ernie Kovacs while co-starring with him in Operation Mad Ball. Lemmon and Kovacs became close friends and appeared together in two subsequent films, Bell, Book and Candle and It Happened to Jane. In 1977, PBS broadcast a compilation series of Kovacs' television work, and Lemmon served as the narrator of the series. Lemmon discussed his friendship with Kovacs in the documentary Ernie Kovacs: Television's Original Genius. He was a favorite of director Billy Wilder, starring in the films Some Like It Hot (for which he was awarded Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival), The Apartment, Irma la Douce, The Fortune Cookie, Avanti! The Front Page, and Buddy Buddy. Wilder felt Lemmon had a natural tendency toward overacting that had to be tempered; the Wilder biography Nobody's Perfect quotes the director as saying, "Lemmon, I would describe him as a ham, a fine ham, and with ham you have to trim a little fat". The biography quotes Lemmon as saying, "I am particularly susceptible to the parts I play...
  • 1947
    Age 22
    After graduation in 1947, Lemmon took up acting professionally, working on radio, television and Broadway.
    More Details Hide Details He studied acting under coach Uta Hagen. He was enamored of the piano and learned to play it on his own. He could also play the harmonica, guitar, organ, and the double bass.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1925
    Age 0
    Lemmon was born on February 8, 1925 in an elevator at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston.
    More Details Hide Details He was the only child of Mildred Burgess LaRue (née Noel) and John Uhler Lemmon, Jr., the president of a doughnut company. His paternal grandmother was from an Irish immigrant family. Lemmon attended John Ward Elementary School in Newton and The Rivers School in Weston, Massachusetts. During his acceptance of his lifetime achievement award, he stated that he knew he wanted to be an actor from the age of eight. Lemmon attended Phillips Academy (Class of 1943) and Harvard College (Class of 1947), where he lived in Eliot House and was an active member of several Drama Clubs – and president of the Hasty Pudding Club – as well as a member of the Delphic Club for Gentleman, a final club at Harvard. At Harvard, Lemmon was a member of the V-12 Navy College Training Program and was commissioned by the United States Navy, serving briefly as an ensign on an aircraft carrier during World War II before returning to Harvard after completing his military service.
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