Lucille Ball: Finding Lucy

Finding Lucy

For more than thirty years, Lucille Ball was one of the most recognized and loved entertainers in the world. Known to all simply as Lucy, she portrayed a scatterbrained housewife with the ability to turn simple chores into unparalleled fiascoes. Clumsy and unsophisticated at nearly everything she tried (and she tried nearly everything), the television […]

The Unknown Chaplin

About the Actor

Charlie Chaplin was one of the greatest and widely loved silent movie stars. From “Easy Street” (1917) to “Modern Times” (1936), he made many of the funniest and most popular films of his time. He was best known for his character, the naive and lovable Little Tramp. The Little Tramp, a well meaning man in […]

Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius

About Harold Lloyd

“The King of Daredevil Comedy,” Harold Lloyd is best remembered today as the young man dangling desperately from a clock tower in the 1923 classic Safety Last. At the height of his career, Lloyd was one of the most popular and highest-paid stars of his time. While his achievements have been overshadowed by the work […]

Bob Newhart: Unbuttoned

Interview with Bob Newhart

Comedian Bob Newhart has enthralled audiences with his trademark stammer, one-sided telephone conversations and hysterical, historical “what if” routines for more than 40 years. What makes him tick? Below, Newhart provides some additional answers: Q: You’re almost as hot now as you were in your sitcom heyday. How do you explain your longevity? A: Really, […]

George Stevens: A Filmmaker’s Journey

About George Stevens

by Paul Cronin This essay first appeared in the book “GEORGE STEVENS: INTERVIEWS” At first glance, George Stevens appears to be the quintessential Hollywood director. But a closer look at his achievements shows him to be much more than just the creator of some of the smartest melodramas and screwball comedies of the 1930s and […]

George Stevens: A Filmmaker’s Journey

Filmmaker Interview

AMERICAN MASTERS George Stevens: A Filmmaker’s Journey Director George Stevens influenced generations of filmmakers with such Academy Award-winning classics as “A Place in the Sun” and “Giant.” Now AMERICAN MASTERS presents the broadcast premiere of a moving tribute to the Hollywood great. Created by his son, George Jr., himself an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning writer, […]

George Stevens: A Filmmaker’s Journey


Nichols & May–Take Two

About Mike Nichols and Elaine May

Nichols and Elaine May revolutionized the landscape of American comedy. By perfecting the art of improvisation and introducing it to the public through their appearances in clubs and on television and radio, they forever changed our expectations of comedy, and our sense of humor. Born in Berlin in 1931, Nichols attended a segregated school for […]

The Ten Year Lunch: The Wit and Legend of The Algonquin Round Table

About the Algonquin

Robert Sherwood, reviewing cowboy hero Tom Mix: “They say he rides as if he’s part of the horse, but they don’t say which part.” Dorothy Parker: “That woman speaks eighteen languages and can’t say ‘no’ in any of them.” George S. Kaufman: Once when asked by a press agent, “How do I get my leading […]