Eileen Yorke from Arlington, VA


Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?

Former broker on Wall Street, I am a Federal Employee -- a Contract Officer for the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms & Explosives. Married, with a home here in Arlington and one in Hunt Country - Upperville, VA.  I am a habitual TCM viewer; when not watching TCM, I may catch a British drama or comedy or a documentary, but the classic films are my preference.

I truly feel I was born 30 years too late. My other interests include decorative arts, music (Ella, Duke, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, of course), riding my horse, caring for my dogs... and of course the love of my life whom I met only three years ago.


What’s your favorite movie snack?

Without a doubt, popcorn... I make a wicked kettle corn.


What’s your favorite part of TCM?

Uninterrupted programming. Whether early in the morning or late at night, I think I have watched it for so long that I rely on it like a favorite pillow or blanket - it is a tremendous comfort.

TCM does a tremendous job keeping things fresh and the research is top-notch; I always find myself learning something new.


What’s your favorite movie genre?

Hmmmm... that's a tough one. It is really hard to pick one. It's a toss up between Film Noir and Mystery. If I continue thinking about it, I'll start adding more and changing my mind, so I'll stop here. (lol)


Who’s your favorite actor or actress or filmmaker of all time? And why?

That's a tough question. I have many favorites:

Actresses - Bette Davis and Barbara Stanwyck - because they were strong women in front and behind the camera. Actors - Ronald Coleman. Directors - toss up between John Huston and John Ford. Both are great storytellers. Again, if I keep thinking about it I am going to change my selections (maybe to Greer Garson, Myrna Loy, Norma Shearer, William Holden, Billy Wylder, Noel Coward...)


Who would you be thrilled to meet, and what would you say?

Well, I think it would depend in what era. If it's in the 30s, then any of the ladies I mentioned; if it was someone like Basil Rathbone, I would want to be invited to his home because I heard that he and his wife were wonderful partyers.


What do you collect?

TCM movies! And Belleek China.


If you had to pick just one, what would be your favorite movie?

All about Eve. I can't think any more about because I will end up listing too many.


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