Linda Harrison from San Francisco, CA


Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?

In between TCM watching with my wife (Ellen) , who loves Sunday Silent movie night, I am the Executive Director of the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. When I'm not running the museum, I'm walking around my neighborhood in Russian Hill , then over to North-Beach and China Town to our favorite coffee/wine bars and restaurants. In my spare time, I am the Emeritus Board Chair of Frameline, the largest LGBTQ Film Festival in the country.


What’s your favorite movie snack?

Popcorn and Dots. Of course when we go to the Kabuki Theater here in San Francisco, I get to have a classic martini and Ellen gets a negroni. We have the same at home if we're watching a TCM Classic like Giant or 1960's spy movie.


What’s your favorite part of TCM?

I love the Essentials. However each year Ellen and I look forward to how TCM remembers the movie folks that passed during that year. It's so well done. We often say that the Academy Awards Production Team should hire TCM to do their tributes to film stars. We are big fans of Ben introducing films and giving us the backstory. We remember when he was just the Saturday afternoon guy. We love the TCM Classic Film Festivals in LA and will be going to our second TCM Classic Cruise in November. The ship is beautiful and watching films poolside is just the best.


What’s your favorite movie genre?

Drama, thriller and World War II movies. Then again, I am partial to an old school epic; Giant and Cleopatra. And I really like films from the mid 1950's - late 1960's.


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

Alfred Hitchcock. His films often had great sets, styling and progressive content.


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

Sidney Poitier. Watching you in To Sir with Love and Paris Blues gave me the courage to expand my world outside of the South Side of Chicago and travel in hopes of being that intellectually cool black person.


What do you collect?

Old books about cooking, interior design, architecture and art.


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

Not the best movie, but I absolutely love The Sandpiper. There was a mood about it and that song just moves me every time I hear it. I've seen Liz and Richard in more important films, but this one had me dreaming of the day I would live in California. Then again, I never tire of watching BUtterfield 8.


Thank you Linda!  For being in our Member Spotlight, we're sending you a DVD set of Liz Taylor & Richard Burton movies, including The Sandpiper and its Oscar-winning song.  If it's not stuck in your head already, it soon will be.  We'll see you on the Cruise!

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