Which Dead Film Stars Would You Invite To Dinner?
Posted on Wednesday July 9, 2008, 16:14 by Olly Richards in Empire States
So there were Helen, James and I, chatting to Marilyn Monroe about her boyfriend, Elvis, and the upkeep involved in wearing a white dress most nights of the week, which was, all things considered, not where we had expected the night to lead. We were at a launch party for Smirnoff Black's season of classic films at the Bluebird Restaurant in Chelsea, which are happening all month (details here). Go, but don't do what I did and smash a glass menu, inviting a number of other guests, who have apparently never smashed anything in their lives, to look at me like a dog had just lavishly vomited me on the carpet.
'Marilyn' (actually a delightful lookalike named Suzie) spent a while chatting with us, because we are film website nerds and people from Chelsea appear not to be able to actually see us, let alone talk to us, and after a while we got on to the unusual discussion of which dead film stars each of us would invite to dinner. We'll brush swiftly over James' suggestion of Adolf Hitler because wanting "to know what it felt like to be the most hated man EVER" is not a good enough reason to give a genocidal maniac a free feed, and appearing in Triumph Of The Will does not make you a filmstar. Marilyn/Suzie then suggested we put it on the website, so I am.
I'm allowing myself five people, and will allow you the same. No more, or they all get sent back to the cemetery unsustained. They all have to be dead and proper film stars or directors. Mine would be, in no particular order:
Jack Lemmon – My favourite film star ever and a man whom I believe would have no end of stories and get on with anybody worth getting on with. Since one of the great disappointments of my life is that I never got to meet him, on account of his being sadly dead before I started working in film journalism, this would seem a good opportunity and one not to pass up. Also, if we ate spaghetti he could strain it with a tennis racket, which I think we'd all get rather a kick out of.
Klaus Kinski – Because he'd prevent the evening from ever becoming boring and would eat most anything you gave him, even if it was an old shoe.
Jimmy Stewart – Well why wouldn't you? He starred in several of the greatest films of all time – including the greatest, Rear Window – and was also a war hero. If he can't regail you with a few tales over an After Eight, then I don't know who can.
Marilyn Monroe – Because it would be rude not to invite the person who gave you the idea in the first place. Plus, I'd like to see if she really did have a near genius level IQ by making her play a post-dinner game of Trivial Pursuit, but a version from the early '90s when it was still actually difficult and didn't feature questions about Big Brother. Her invite might make Tony Curtis feel bad about not being invited to this Some Like It Hot reunion, but he's still alive, so that's his too bad.
Carmen Miranda – She'd bring dessert on her head, which would cut down on shopping.
Which film stars past would get an invite to your dream dinner?
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Posted on Wednesday July 9, 2008, 17:30
Bette Davis (for the bitchiness)
Bruce Lee (to find out what really happened)
Alfred Hitchcock (for the creepiness factor)
Marlon Brando (to officially out him and stall the sale of all those crappy speculative biographies)
Gloria Swanson (to make her repeat 'Alright Mister Demille' over and over and over and over....)
Posted on Wednesday July 9, 2008, 17:39
I would have
1) Jimmy Stewart- totally agree with Olly about that one
2) Anne Bancroft- She was just brilliant and I would have loved to listen to her talk
3) Marlon Brando- Coz he would be legendary, and he is possibly my favourite deceased actor
4) John Wayne- so I could tease him about his real name
5) Richard Harris- because I think he was awesome and my table needs a Brit
Posted on Wednesday July 9, 2008, 18:37
Sorry gambit21 - Richard Harris aint a Brit - Irish like myself, but I do like your table. My own table would be:
Hitchcock, Harris (he'd have some wild stories), Brando, Steve McQueen & Heath Ledger (just to find out what went through his mind when he holed himself up in the hotel room in preparation for The Dark Knight).
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 01:03
my apologies oflynn316 as a Scot myself I should have been more sensitive to that sort of thing. I would have also done Heath Ledger but didnt know if it would be to soon to mention it. Plus I might have difficulty putting him in coz i dont know who i would remove like your list though-especially Steve McQueen.
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 09:53
All when they were younger:
Charlie Chaplin as he'd be great comic entertainment,
Oliver Reed to get us all drunk, dancing & generally causing havoc,
Laurence Olivier & Vivian Leigh to give our party a bit of class and finally
Rita Hayworth as she'd be great to just look at
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 10:01
Audrey Hepburn - Famous for her post dinner 'dances with trousers' one woman show. She was also partial to making tin foil swans.
Angelina Jolie - She makes a phenominal cheesecake.
Jennifer Anniston - She hates cheesecake, but despite obvious tensions with Miss Jolie, she can juggle plates. Who wouldn't want to see that?
Pat Morita (Mr Miyagi) - He would provide the entertainment between courses. A perfect dinner guest, he would always bring a bottle of Tesco own brand rum with him and drink it all before the entrées.
D.W Griffith - Often found rooting through the hosts' medical supplies, DW Griffith would of course be the perfect person to include at a swanky dinner party. He would probably have a rant about various socio-econmic problems that are facing the world today, but after a few gins he would settle down and insist upon a game of hide and seek.
James Dean - I would firstly ask him if he enjoyed Michael Imperioli's impression of him in the Sopranos (an if he had seen it at all), then I would insist that we look through old photos of me on holiday in Sri-Lanka. He was a big fan photography and would often be found taking pictures of the host's shoes.
Hitler - Not strictly a movie star, but lets face it, what dinner party would be complete without him?
Morgan Freeman - A. Because he's awesome and B. Because he would narrate the action of the dinner table and he knows some excellent jokes about pirate hookers.
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 10:02
Granted not all dead, but I want them there.
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 10:07
Gotta be Marilyn Monroe - can't turn down this one and only opportunity to sit at the same table as the most beautiful woman who ever lived.
River Phoenix - to thank him for bringing Stand by Me into my life and to ask him if he reckons he would have gone on to eventually become grown-up Indy.
Christopher Reeve - coz you have to have Superman at the table.
John Candy - just to see how Uncle Buck would get on with Superman.
Sebastian Shaw - to ask him how he feels about being replaced by Hayden Christensen at the end of Jedi...
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 10:10
Cary Grant - So I could ask him where he came up with that ridiculous yet damn sexy accent.
Gregory Peck- It's Atticus Finch. Enough said.
Heath Ledger - Pretty much a given. I'd include a screening of The Dark Knight at my party so he could see his finished work.
Audrey Hepburn (young) - She'd just be so cute!
Elvis - Because he's Elvis
Superchocolatebear seems to have missed the point about it being dead movie stars.
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 10:31
Humphrey Bogart - See if he really is charming
Rudolf Klein-Rogge - To check if he really is that creepy-eyed
Stanley Kubrick - Okay, not a movie star, but should make for a great conversation
James Dean - Just to have some eye-candy...
hmmm, only males, than I would invite
Ingrid Bergman - Should be a hoot to see her and Bogey together again
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 10:35
Oliver Reed - no party would be complete without this man,
+ Richard Harris & Richard Burton
Plenty of booze
And to try and keep these 3 in line
Katherine Hepburn - queen of the acid tongue
& finally, I would have to have Marilyn Monroe
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 10:35
Christopher Reeve - My absolute hero growing up. I still remember crying when I found out supes was paralysed! Oh, I was like 10, it's not ultra-weird!
Heath Ledger - Again, just a given. By all accounts a very special man and I'd like to know what he had planned for the rest of his career. I went back and watched all of his films after he died and it's a shame that it took his death for me to realise just how insanely fucking amazingly talented that guy was.
I'd like to have both Jack Lemon and Walter Matthau there. I don't think anyone would question that choice. It's fairly self explanatory!
Bollocks - I desperately want two other people there! Ok, Just Matthau, Jack Lemon has other plans with someone else apparantly...
Charlton Heston - oooh Controversy! but really not. Yes, he believed that all americans should have the right to bear (bare... bear... I don't know. Didn't do a journalism degree. I didn't even get my english GCSE) arms but the guy also marched with Martin Luther King and fought for civil rights and has starred in some of the biggest movies ever made. The man is a legend.
I guess I should have some girly input. Not marilyn Monroe, honestly, she does me swid in. Little whispery child-like clingy pain in the arse.
My mind is blank on the women front. One will come to me later. for now I'll go for George Carlin! Ruuuuuufuuuuuuus!!! Strange things are afoot at the circle K. Actually, I might need Chuck and his shotgun to protect me after Carlin tries to stab me with a fork for quoting Bill and Ted all night. Love his stand-up too. Fantastic use of language and rhythm that just hypnotises you.
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 11:11
I don't think you could possibly go wrong with David Niven and Peter Ustinov ..... both great raconteurs who would make sure the evening rattled along nicely. Also Errol Flynn might be a good bet and Bob Hope come to that ......
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 11:31
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 12:04
Right, here goes:
Groucho Marx - One of the funniest and wittiest people in film history.
Gene Kelly - So he could teach me tap. And he'd probably be a laugh.
Katharine Hepburn - A classy lady, wonderful actress and just all-round great.
Buster Keaton - Probably wouldn't say much, but he was a comedy genius.
Steve Martin - Before his career died anyway.
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 12:35
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 12:41
George Peppard - i love it when a dinner party comes togther
that would be emense! Now for the menu Steak and Chips
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 12:50
1. Alfred Hitchcock. Not for the cliched reasons, but because he was famed for preparing for journalists interviews with him by reading up on them and their work, throwing them off during the interview with his knowledge of them. I never know anything about people at dinner parties with me, even when they're my best friends. Hitchcock would help me out here.
2. Charlie Chaplin. I'd serve baked potatoes just for the occasion.
3. Orson Welles. We'd discuss his thoughts on the new Transformers movies.
4. Truman Capote. I can just about get away with this one, what with his appearance in Murder By Death and as a Capote lookalike in Annie Hall. If his real life presence at dinner parties was anything like Hoffman portrayed, then he's well worth pushing my luck to get.
5. John Belushi. To see Orson Welles face when Belushi did his best zit impression.
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 13:12
1. Ollie Reed, undoubtedly. Coolest bastard ever, and a reason enough to want to turn to alcoholism....
2. Mary Whitehouse. Because when Ollie inevitably gets sloshed, you know he would......
3. Dermot Morgan, to try and convince him to do a Father Ted film.....
4. Robert Downey Jr. (he's alive, but is also the coolest mack daddy on the planet, and I'm sure would love a part in the Father Ted film.....)
5. John Wayne (because he's The Duke, and because this writer's man crush knows no bounds.......)
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 13:29
Chris Farley - hilarious MF. had that idiotic humorous demeanour that the standouts portray today. eg Will Ferrell etc
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 13:39
I would just invite Suzie, she sounds like a sweet girl and able to make men do what ever she wants, right Olly?
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 13:41
I would bring my favourite classic actresses: Garbo, Gardner, Crawford, etc. Should be a riot!!
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 13:50
We're only allowed 5? That's too difficult! But I'll have a go:
1) Katherine Hepburn - what an amazing actress and a fascinating lady - would love to meet her.
2) Clark Gable - he played one of the most iconic characters in movie history!
3) Frank Sinatra - partly to provide musical entertainment after dinner, and partly to find out about the supposed mafia links!
4) Deborah Kerr - because I love her movies and she worked with so many great leading actors, I'm sure she'd have some great stories.
5) Leslie Howard because I had to write an essay on him when I did a course on film propaganda for my history degree and I'd love to know what he thought!
If any of the above were at other empire reader dinners, I'd have David Niven, Bing Crosby, Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh in reserve.
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 13:55
Bruce Lee - Gotta be done. I'm and MA nut, so he's one of my biggest heroes..
Groucho Marx - For entertainment purposes..
Audrey Hepburn - In her 'Tiffany's' era, what a stunning woman, and apparently quite funny too..
John Belushi - TOGA! TOGA! TOGA!
Lauren Bacall - In the 'Casablanca' era, there is something so goddam hot about that woman in that movie!!
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 14:00
5.Jimmy Stewert (as long as i hadn't killed one of my best friends and locked him in a trunk earlier)
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 15:27
1. Bruce Lee - just a great screen presence and athelete and a life guru too, a cool and hip cat in his time as he is still now..
2. Marilyn Monroe - This is just one of those you have to add to list like
these, and you have got to have a gourgeous woman at the dinner table and this one tops the list.
3. Heather O'Rourke (The little girl Carol Anne from Poltergeist) ok she
may have only appeared in the Poltergeist movies but what a
4.James Coburn - such a character, and I reckon he would hold a good dinner conversation.
5. Jack Palance - like no.4 and plus he could do two finger push ups along with Bruce Lee!!
Narrowly missing the list Anthony Quinn and Heath Ledger...
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 15:30
Roy Scheider - We're Gonna Need a bigger bowl
John Belushi - Just to sing some rhythm n' blues (real r'n'b not that one note lasts 56 seconds crap)
Bonzo - to prove that Reagan was a fraud
Sergio Leone - to tell us who Arch Stanton really was ...
Fatty Arbuckle - to get the truth about that party
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 15:45
simply a cool dinner party
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 15:56
Frank Sinatra (Host)
Humphrey Bogart (Fantastic aura)
David Niven (Great stories)
Marilyn Monroe (Great stack)
Dean Martin (Drinking games)
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 16:24
Hm, mine would have to be
1. David Niven - fabulous gentleman and wonderful storyteller
2. Katherine Hepburn - the voice, the stories
3. Alfred Hitchcock - just to see how his mind works really!
4. Grace Kelly - for the glamour
5. Cary Grant - I have to have someone to drunkenly flirt with at the end of the evening, right?!
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 16:24
On the assumption that no-one's told me I can't my list is mostly characters played by method actors.
Marlon Brando - in character as big daddy Corleone
Heath Ledger - in character as the psychotic grin sporting Joker
James Dean - he can show up as just about anyone, i'm not picky.
Fun time Frankie - from Guys and Dolls
Katherine Hepburn as her glorious self to keep them all in line.
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 16:52
Richard Harris: A complete realist with no illusions about fame who wasn't British, gambit, but Irish
Stephen Fry: I think his presence explains itself really
Orson Welles: Because he was a genius and a bit of a weirdo so if he failed on the genius front at least we could be all "What the hell's with that guy?"
Philip Seymour Hoffman: Gotta give the guy all the dues you can muster, scarcely a shite film to date.
Kevin Smith: Though PHS is a well known PTA enthuasiast something tells me those two guys would hit it off. He's the toilet humour mirror of Stephen Fry!
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 20:11
Your now going to give me a nightmare, where I'm having dinner with all these well known stars from the past. They'll all be talking having a good time then turn, asking what the hell i'm doing, at their table and have me escorted away by security :S
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 21:01
There are a lot of dead stars but the only one I wish would be alive and go to dinner with me would be Heath Ledger.
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 21:46
4. Old Yella
I put Flipper at number 2, but he/she would be the main meal, I've never eaten Dolphin before. (or the other species of my guests for that matter.)
Posted on Thursday July 10, 2008, 22:04
Stanley Kubrick - enough said
Posted on Friday July 11, 2008, 08:56
The Narrator (Norton in Fight Club)
Arthur Jarret (Cagney in White Heat)
Frankie Machine (Sinatra inThe Man with the Golden Arm)
Max Cady (DeNiro in Cape Fear)
Ace Venturra (Carrey in Ace Venturra: Pet Detective)
Posted on Friday July 11, 2008, 10:08
God, that's tricky. I know I'm going to answer this and then think 'Damn, I missed off so and so...'
1. Brandon Lee (because he seemed like such a genuinely nice guy)
2. Phil Hartman (because he makes me laugh. A lot)
3. Groucho Marx (see Phil Hartman)
4. Vincent Price (because I bet he'd have some great stories to tell)
5. Alec Guiness (because he's Alec Guiness!)
Posted on Friday July 11, 2008, 10:36
Alfred Hitchcock: The Fat Man would keep us all entertained with various entertaining anecdotes which all contained a thin veil of mysongyny.
Groucho Marx: The. Wittiest. Man. Ever. He'd also have some awesome fat gags to balance out Hitch's ego.
Orson Welles: An absolute stone cold genius with a personality the size of a small African village.
Marylin Monroe: 'It was The Kennedy's what killed you, wasn't it?! I knew it!' etc...
Eddie Murphy: Because... what? He's not dead? Must just be his career then.
Posted on Friday July 11, 2008, 11:33
Vincent Price, because he's been in some of my favourite films (tacky, guilty pleasures, all of them, but how could I have a dinner party without Dr. Phibes?)
Audrey Hepburn, quite simply the most beautiful woman ever in films.
Stanley Kubrick, because he directed many of my favourite films.
Peter Cushing, a true gentleman, who was a far better actor than some of his more celebrated roles might indicate.
Conrad Veidt, the 'somnambulist' from 'The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari'.
Posted on Friday July 11, 2008, 15:55
The drugs would flow, the party would be awesome, and hopefully I'd be left with Rita and Marylin as the others fell asleep at the table! Brilliant!
Posted on Friday July 11, 2008, 16:00
Without a doubt Christopher Reeve, I've only ever cried once at the news of the death of someone I didn't know- and it was his.
Peter Ustinov- cause he's funny.
Karen Carpenter- cause then there'll be more for me to eat.
Posted on Saturday July 12, 2008, 10:59
1. Peter Sellers
2. Alec Guiness
3. Bill Hicks - He made a movie, look it up
4. John Ford
5. Howard Hawks
1. Marilyn Monroe
2. Gilda Radnor
3. Audrey Hepburn
4. Katherine Hepburn
5. Rita Hayworth
Any mix of those above and the Rat Pack providing music
Posted on Saturday July 12, 2008, 12:14
Olly Reed and Richard Harris-by the end they'd be wrestling under the table, wine flowing everywhere, love it!
Frank Sinatra-One of my icons
Rita Hayworth-So she could do the thing with her hair
George Carlin-Give everyone a good laugh
Posted on Saturday July 12, 2008, 16:30
Judy Garland - Im sure that womans had an infinite amounts of fascinating stories to share
Ava Gardner - just to see if she was as enigmatic in the skin as she appeared on screen
River Phoenix - to discuss how he felt his career would have gone
Posted on Saturday July 12, 2008, 21:52
1 Bill Hicks
2 Lee Marvin
3 Walter Matthau
4 Steve McQueen
5 Margaret Rutherford
4 grumpy guys and Margaret Rutherford. That would be a fantastically entertaining evening!
Posted on Saturday July 12, 2008, 22:19
As the rules allow for directors, Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick would definitely be there. Audrey Hepburn, because she was style and sophistication personified - blows Monroe out the water as far as I'm concerned. River Phoenix, because he was in two of the most treasured films ever made (Indy 3 & Stand By Me) despite being with us for a comparatively short time. The last place is a race between Steve McQueen and John Belushi, but Jake Blues would get it, 'cause I could show him Blues Brothers 2000 and make him feel better about dying, because surely it was preferable to being in that movie.
Posted on Sunday July 13, 2008, 11:35
1) Fred Astaire
2) Gregory Peck
3) Boris Karloff
Posted on Monday July 14, 2008, 02:30
1. Gregory Peck
2. Greta Garbo
3. Veronica Lake
4. Steve McQueen
5. Peter Cushing
Assuming that they all came back to life young and attractive, we would have one hell of an orgy.
Posted on Monday July 14, 2008, 07:57
A second, but by no means second choice, list:-
1. James Dean
2. Peter Ustinov
3. Akira Kurosawa
4. Fritz Lang
5. Sergei Eisenstein
1. Hattie Jacques (what were the Carry On films like to make?)
2. Leni Riefenstahl (why did she do what she did?)
3. Deborah Kerr (lovely, and a blooming good actress)
4. Ginger Rogers (what was Fred really like?)
5. Margaret Rutherford (she IS Miss Marple - no competition)
Posted on Monday July 14, 2008, 10:13
1. Elvis shouldn't really count as an actor (he never really 'acted') but no party would be complete without the King
2. Charlie Chaplin, just because I love him so much
3. Carey Grant, who could definatly keep the conversation rolling
4. Gregory Peck, to add some much needed gravitas to the table
5. Finally, Richard Burton, can you imagine that voice saying 'Please pass the salt'
Posted on Monday July 14, 2008, 13:42
Audrey Hepburn so I could pick her brains style wise
Gregory Peck to add a little culture and intellect
Katherine Hepburn for her banter with Grant
Frank Sinatra to provide the after dinner entertainment
Posted on Monday July 14, 2008, 15:01
Jimmy Stuart, Brandon Lee, River Phoenix, Roy Schneider and Oliver Reed. Heath Ledger would also be a shoe-in but other people seem to want him and i wouldn't want to clash - if someone could bring him by later for a chat though, that would be great.
Posted on Monday July 14, 2008, 22:01
I suppose most people have got these though :)
Posted on Friday July 18, 2008, 13:12
well to start off we would have to have one hell of a session of the beverage
1)richard harris - legend in everything he did
2)oliver reed - again a one of a kind
3)richard burton - one of the greatest welshmen ever produced
4)rita hayworth - you gotta have eye candy havent you???
5)stanly kubrick - just to find out what he thought spielberg did to Ai
to end the evening me, burton, harris and reed go on the lash kicking it up big style! just supreme maddness! then i would wake up lol
Posted on Monday July 21, 2008, 12:28
Mine would have to be:
Frank Sinatra - Would probably be really interesting with lots of stories to tell. And then he could sing after dinner.
Humphrey Bogart - Just cos then my dinner party would have the 'cool' factor and all the dead actors and actresses would want to be there.
Gene Kelly - His charm and conversation would propel the evening forward, avoiding lulls and making sure the other guests had a good night so that when they told their friends about the dinner party I officially became known as the 'Man' when it came to hosting gatherings.
Marlon Brando - He completes the quartet of interesting, stylish, charming and devilishly handsome male guests who could all bounce off each others conversation and anecdotal mindset.
(Also, after dinner we have one hell of a sing-along. Bar Bogart I suppose. Maybe he could play the mandlin or a tamborine or something)
Audrey Hepburn - Just to add some glamour and elegance to the evening and because she was very very nice to look at.
Posted on Monday July 21, 2008, 19:39
Heath Ledger - always seemed like a great guy, plus to find out, just to shut up all the conspiracy theorists one way or another what happened
Bruce and Brandon Lee - well for one, no-one'd mess with the party with both Lees present and undead.
Elvis - you need reason?
John Candy - be great entertainment.
Chris Farely - as above
Charlie Chaplin - cause he's a genius - and find out how he feels about Jackie Chan having been inspired by him
Groucho Marx - he could listen to Farely 'till the cows come home. On second thought, he might prefer to listen to the cows 'till Farely came home :P
Marilyn Monroe - of course
and that's enough, don't wanna be greedy now.
Posted on Tuesday July 22, 2008, 15:50
1. Alan Ladd: To find out of he died at the end of Shane
2. Marlon Brando: Needs no explanation
3. Oliver Reed: Just to see him drink
4. Richard Harris: To see if him and Reed would fight, and how he reacts to Brando
5. Spencer Tracy: Another legend
What Brit would you have at your table? You couldn't have meant Richard Harris considering he's Irish?
Posted on Tuesday July 22, 2008, 16:36
I just realised I have twice as many as allowed. well I'll have 2 dinner parties.
Brandon & Bruce Lee
After a good traul through wikipedia and imdb to remember what the film was and who was in it, I find I would say Ursula Andress, not for Dr.No, but for a british caper/heist film caller Perfect Friday that I saw on TV a while back and was really good. But she's still alive, so I'll have Audrey Hepburn. I couldn't leave poor Marilyn as the only girl.
Posted on Thursday August 7, 2008, 01:09
As long as they all bring a nice bottle of something each...
Gregory Peck: he's been my numero uno for years. He seemed such a noble and upright fella, yet had four wives and lived through a great period of Hollywood - there's bound to be some divilly stories to tell, unless he's too much of a gentleman to repeat them!
Howard Hawks: no idea what he was meant to be like as a person, so an intriguing figure. Has directed some of my favourite old films and was incredibly diverse (His Girl Friday, Rio Bravo, The Big Sleep, The Thing). There's no way he couldn't be an interesting addition.
Grace Kelly: for the glamour. Her beauty and style would probably leave me feeling quite inadequate, but a price I'm willing to pay to the possibility that she might lend me one of her Rear Window dresses. Perfect film, perfect clothes.
Steve McQueen: a bit of handsome rough, screen icon, interesting and eventful life, lived through an incredible period of Hollywood, died too young - I want him sitting next to me, my personal drinking buddy.
Orson Welles: an actual legend. Made his stage debut in Dublin's Gate Theatre, round the corner from where I used to live, so we could trade notes on the local watering holes and the socio-economic development of the area...ah, who am I kidding - I'd just ply him with whiskey and ask a thousand questions.
That was a hard list to compile - so many options! The five above could be more than adequately replaced by:
David O. Selznick
And now I'm hungry.
Posted on Friday August 8, 2008, 15:18
So Lauren Bacall is dead and starred in Casablanca? That'll be news to her then...
1. Humphrey Bogart
2. James Stewart
3. Marilyn Monroe
4. John Belushi
5. Bette Davis
Posted on Monday August 11, 2008, 17:38
Without a doubt, the biggest star of the moment: Heath Ledger!
Posted on Friday August 15, 2008, 03:26
1. steve mcqueen
2. james dean
3. marlon brando
4. bruce lee
5. heath ledger
Posted on Friday August 15, 2008, 19:44
Without a doubt, and in no order of preference:
Posted on Thursday August 21, 2008, 12:48
Posted on Friday August 22, 2008, 11:17
Posted on Wednesday August 27, 2008, 13:51
1. Grace Kelly
2. Cary Grant
3. David Niven
5. Heath Ledger
Posted on Friday August 29, 2008, 15:26
In no order
Alfred Hitchcock (my idol)
Humphrey Bogart (African queen made me want to study film)
Heath Ledger (Dark night!)
James Dean (another star taken way to young)
Katherine Hepburn ( African queen again)
sure each of them could provide interesting dinner conversation.