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  • Craig Keller
    From an NYTimes piece on Merv Griffin today -- http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/26/arts/television/26merv.html?8hpib Of the estimated 25,000 people he has
    Message 1 of 7 , May 26, 2005
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      From an NYTimes piece on Merv Griffin today --

      http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/26/arts/television/26merv.html?8hpib

      Of the estimated 25,000 people he has interviewed, Orson Welles was
      the most fascinating, he said. "He allowed no pre-interview and no
      questions about his past at all." In 1985, Welles, once married to
      Rita Hayworth, approached Mr. Griffin moments before the show: "He
      said, 'You know all the wonderful gossipy things that you've always
      wanted to ask about my past?' And I said, 'Yes, but I'm not allowed
      to ask those.' And he said: 'Well, tonight you are. I'm feeling very
      expansive.' He said, 'Ask me anything,' and I did, and then he went
      home and died two hours later."

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    • BklynMagus
      ... Hayworth, approached Mr. Griffin moments before the show: He said, You know all the wonderful gossipy things that you ve always wanted to ask about my
      Message 2 of 7 , May 26, 2005
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        Craig writes:

        > In 1985, Welles, once married to Rita
        Hayworth, approached Mr. Griffin moments
        before the show: "He said, 'You know all
        the wonderful gossipy things that you've
        always wanted to ask about my past?'
        And I said, 'Yes, but I'm not allowed to ask
        those.' And he said: 'Well, tonight you are.
        I'm feeling very expansive.' He said, 'Ask
        me anything,' and I did, and then he went
        home and died two hours later."

        I remember eagerly watcing Welles on the
        Griffin show (on the missed Metromedia, Ch 5).
        Sometimes he would give over the whole 90
        minutes to him. I felt like taking notes. LOL.

        I remember one episode where he did a
        monologue from Othelle. Maybe he was
        working on "Filming Othello" then.

        Brian
      • Richard Modiano
        ... I remember eagerly watcing Welles on the Griffin show (on the missed Metromedia, Ch 5). Sometimes he would give over the whole 90 minutes to him. I felt
        Message 3 of 7 , May 26, 2005
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          --- In a_film_by@yahoogroups.com, BklynMagus <magcomm@i...> wrote:

          "I remember eagerly watcing Welles on the Griffin show (on the
          missed Metromedia, Ch 5). Sometimes he would give over the whole 90
          minutes to him. I felt like taking notes."

          That final Griffin show appearance was to publicize Barbara Leaming's
          recently published biography (she was also a guest.) I saw it. He
          said "Old age is like a shipwreck," as the cigar wobbled in his
          trembling hand.

          One memorable 90 minute tv appearance was when Welles acted as guest
          host on "The David Frost Show" circa 1968 or '69. He said he'd been
          out of the country for awhile and so was going to hold a "teach-in"
          to catch up. Among his personally invited guests(who were seated in
          the audience)were a feminist, a black power advocate, a member of the
          Socialist Worker's Party (probably the only time in tv history a
          Trokskist got a respectful hearing)and a memeber of Young Americans
          for Freedom (a conservative youth group.) The rest of the audience
          got to respond too. What Welles did was to brilliantly craft the show
          into a truly democratic town hall debate on the issues of the day
          with himself as moderator. Maybe this show should be included in his
          filmography?

          Richard
        • David Ehrenstein
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            --- Richard Modiano <tharpa2002@...> wrote:

            >
            > That final Griffin show appearance was to publicize
            > Barbara Leaming's
            > recently published biography (she was also a guest.)
            > I saw it. He
            > said "Old age is like a shipwreck," as the cigar
            > wobbled in his
            > trembling hand.
            >

            I have it on tape.

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          • ptonguette@aol.com
            Richard Modiano wrote: He said Old age is like a shipwreck, as the cigar wobbled in his trembling hand. This was a line he attributed to Charles de Gaulle.
            Message 5 of 7 , May 26, 2005
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              Richard Modiano wrote:

              "He said "Old age is like a shipwreck," as the cigar wobbled in his trembling
              hand."

              This was a line he attributed to Charles de Gaulle. Welles also used it in
              his videotaped pitch for his planned film of "King Lear" (a brilliant pitch,
              fully transcribed by Jonathan Rosenbaum at the back of the paperback edition of
              "This Is Orson Welles.")

              Welles was absolutely brilliant in the Griffin show being discussion. I
              interviewed the magician who assisted Welles with the wonderful trick he performed
              at the top of the program. Among other things, he has some thoughts on that
              particular program and Welles's TV talk show appearances in general.

              http://www.thefilmjournal.com/issue6/steinmeyer.html

              Richard, that episode of "The David Frost Show" sounds amazing!

              Peter Tonguette


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