Elizabeth Adams from Port Tobacco, MD
When you’re not watching TCM, what do you do?
I'm a middle school language arts teacher. When I'm not planning the next classic movie or television episode to show my students at lunch during the school day, I love to explore different cultures. I belong to a supper club that enjoys a different theme every month. Literature is, of course, always on the menu. Animation art inspires me as well. I find looking at the art on my walls lifts my spirits-particularly the concept art. Seeing a work of art at its inception is so uplifting. But then again, so are my photographs of Maureen O'Hara!
What’s your favorite movie snack?
Is this a prank? Popcorn, of course!
What’s your favorite part of TCM?
I'm not sure I can pin it down to just one thing! Robert Osborne is so fantastic, as is Ben Mankiewicz. Besides the vast expanse of film, I would have to say that I find the channel titles, introductions, artwork, short films, interviews, original programming, general production values, etc. to be so perfect, moving, and creative. When a favorite star has passed, I can count on TCM to mark their passing with such dignity and grace. I know of no other channel that pays such attention to the visual transitions as does TCM. Whatever you are paying your art department, it isn't enough!
What’s your favorite movie genre?
That is a real Sophie's Choice. I adore 30's screwball comedies, but I also love various genre-war films, romance, action, social justice films. How about I just roll them all into one and say my favorite genre is anything by John Ford?
Who’s your favorite actor or actress or filmmaker of all time? And why?
Maureen O'Hara, hands down. No one – NO ONE – did the variety of roles she did and played them as well. She was feminine, sexy, and yet was able to hang with the boys. Her vulnerability played right next to her strength. She was a remarkable human being-confident, talented, gorgeous, ambitious, funny, and charitable. I had the chance to see her in John Wayne's hometown for his birthday celebration a couple of years back. She was just as feisty as ever!
Who would you be thrilled to meet, and what would you say?
This has been the real bane of my existence! As a public school teacher, I haven't been able to afford to attend the film festival yet. I have watched many of my favorites – Esther Williams (got your suit, girl!), Ann Miller, Mickey Rooney, Jane Russell, Maureen O'Hara, etc. – appear on the TCM coverage of the festival and then, unfortunately, pass a few years later. I am, like so many of us, in a race against time and funds. To answer your question, I would be absolutely thrilled to meet Debbie Reynolds to ask her about her time with Gene Kelly. My grandmother attended high school with him in Pittsburgh and performed in a school production he created.
What do you collect?
I collect animation art. Two favorite pieces of mine involve the animated Disney short Mother Goose Goes Hollywood. The cartoon has numerous caricatures of famous actors and actresses from 1938. One piece has a gorgeous color presentation of the title cel. Even more lovely is the concept design sketch sheet from Mother Goose Goes Hollywood of Charles Laughton as Captain Bligh in all his glory. Makes me smile every single time I pass it!
If you had to pick just one, what would be your favorite movie?
The Quiet Man is by far my favorite film. This movie has brought me so much joy in my life. My father introduced me to this delight as a child and continued to watch it and enjoy it with me until his passing. It has been a family tradition that has continued with my mother who accompanied me when we visited Ashford Castle in Ireland where it was filmed. I met the love of my life while on this visit, a man from the west of Ireland named Sean. A picture of John Wayne kissing Maureen O'Hara hangs in my home now and will until the day I die. When I pass, I absolutely plan on asking Maureen O'Hara what she whispered to John Wayne at the end of the film!
Thank you Elizabeth! For being in our Member Spotlight, we’re sending you a Maureen O’Hara DVD collection and a copy of TCM’s excellent Leading Ladies book. (The Maureen O’Hara section starts on page 152. Just FYI.)
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