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Orson Welles’ last interview

My lady friend and I recently renewed our Netflix membership so, naturally, the first disc I ordered was The Merv Griffin Show: 40 Of The Most Interesting People Of Our Time.

Shortly before Merv died, he put together a three-disc collection of the interviews he found most fascinating from his show’s archives. The show went on the air in 1962 and entertained audiences until 1985, so you can imagine the array of stars Merv spoke to.

The interview I found most compelling is the following chat with famed director Orson Welles. Merv narrates before the footage begins, letting us know that Orson would unexpectedly stop by the studio from time to time and the two men would shoot the breeze. So, it was not out of the ordinary on this night in 1985 for Orson, age 70, to pull up a chair. What’s weird is that Orson, who appears lucid and fairly robust on the show, died two hours later.

Check it out when you have about 10 minutes:

Such a great guy. I’m sure those of you who remember all his Paul Masson wine commercials in the 1970s will have some joke about it being “his time.”

Let’s hear ’em. Or your thoughts in general about the great Mr. Welles.

Time for a list! 29 songs about actors and actresses

We haven’t done in a list in a while and life seems empty.

How about “29 Songs About Famous Actors and Actresses”? I’ll start:

Elton John, Candle In the Wind (Marilyn Monroe)
10cc, Somewhere In Hollywood (Marilyn Monroe)
Elton John, Roy Rogers
Gorillaz, Clint Eastwood
Nirvana, Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle
Madness, Michael Caine
Serge Gainsbourg, Intitals B.B. (Brigitte Bardot)
Russell Crowe‘s band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, Other Ways of Speaking (Jodie Foster)
James, Fred Astaire
Bertie Higgins, Key Largo (Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman)
Roxy Music, 2H.B. (Humphrey Bogart)
Lou Reed, City Lights, (Charlie Chaplin)
Lenny Kravitz, It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over, etc (Lisa Bonet)
Bree Sharp, David Duchovny
Woody Guthrie, Ingrid Bergman
The Eagles, James Dean
Sonic Youth, Madonna, Sean and Me (Madonna and Sean Penn)
R.E.M., Man on the Moon (Andy Kauffman)
Toto, Rosanna (Rosanna Arquette)
Bauhaus, Bela Lugosi’s Dead
Bananarama, Robert DeNiro’s Waiting
The Clash, The Right Profile (Montgomery Clift)
Nine Inch Nails, Starfuckers, Inc (Rose McGowan)
Matthew Sweet, Winona (Winona Ryder)
R.E.M., River (River Phoenix)
Natalie Merchant, River (River Phoenix)
Peter Murphy, Marlene Dietrich’s Favorite Poem
Kim Carnes, Bette Davis Eyes
Alanis Morissette, You Oughtta Know (Dave Coulier)

Now it’s your turn. Add more! Why stay at 29?

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