Jan04

Carol Aronoff from Tucson, AZ

 

Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?

Reading mysteries, biographies, and history; Cross-stitch needlepoint; attend movies; pal around with my teen-age granddaughters; attend classical music concerts; attend live theater.

 

What’s your favorite movie snack?

Popcorn.

 

What’s your favorite part of TCM?

The pre- and post-movie commentary by hosts and/or guest hosts.

 

What’s your favorite movie genre?

Comedies.

 

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

Audrey Hepburn. Her charm and great beauty are irresistible. She was very self-deprecating about her acting skills, but it is difficult to imagine anyone else in the roles she took on. Case in point: Sabrina versus its anemic remake. If I'm channel-surfing, and I come upon an Audrey Hepburn film, it's difficult to change channels.

 

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

Peter Jackson. He created the Lord of the Rings trilogy which totally upended my life when I was 56. The first film, The Fellowship of the Ring, inspired me to spend hours reading everything I could get my hands on about Tolkien, his beliefs and interests, and inspired me to write an essay about the life lessons in The Lord of the Rings. I would thank him for giving me that experience, and ask him what he is most excited about in his own life.

 

What do you collect?

I have an embarrassing amount of memorabilia from Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films which I am now trying to give away or sell due to my need to move into a smaller home. I also have to restrain myself from buying books, instead of just checking them out at my local branch library.

 

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

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. I came out of that film totally mesmerized by how completely Peter Jackson had transported me to Middle Earth. It started me on a 10-year quest to read everything about J.R.R. Tolkien and his interests that I could get my hands on. It caused me to take a trip to New Zealand where our tour group was able to interact with members of the cast and crew and get our feet on the ground at some of the filming locations. It gave me two new and now lifelong friends from Hawaii who also are huge Tolkien fans.

 

Thank you Carol!  For being in our Member Spotlight, we're sending you a gold TCM-branded bookmark.  It's guaranteed to encourage your reading habit while simultaneously not take up any room!  Plus it's shiny.

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