Donna Block from Chesterfield, MO


Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?

I'm a retired school principal who now has more time to indulge in three favorite pastimes: reading books, watching classic movies and singing folk and Celtic music with my guitar. I'm a blogger who's writing my first novel and an outdoor aficionado who putzes in my perennial garden. Above all, I'm in love with my toddler grandgirl.


What’s your favorite movie snack?

Popcorn - straight up. No butter!


What’s your favorite part of TCM?

I love the pre- and post-movie commentary delivered by Ben Mankiewicz, Alicia Malone, Dave Karger, and Eddie Muller. It adds such depth and texture to the movies.


What’s your favorite movie genre?

Period dramas. I get a thrill when the costuming, sets, and characters in the movie are historically accurate. And I love most movies of the 40s and 50s. They're just so Hollyglam.


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

Golly -- I like so many of them. Narrowing to one, I nominate Bette Davis. She played such diverse characters throughout her long career. She wasn't afraid to take on messy, non-glamorous roles as long as the characters were strong and interesting.


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

Eddie Muller. He's such a great writer. His film noir introductions are terrific. I confess I wasn't too crazy about noir movies until I started watching them through Eddie's eyes. Now I look forward to them. I'd say, "Eddie, there's not a blemish on your character OR your clothes."


What do you collect?

Books -- I just can't throw them out. Also, it took some effort and a lot of hunting and gathering, but last year I bought all 52 movies featured in the "TCM Essentials 52 Must See Movies" book -- THREE times over. I gave full sets of DVDs to my son and my best friend (books included) and I kept a set -- with a book.


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

It's a tie: The Corn is Green with Bette Davis appeals to the teacher in me; Captains Courageous appeals to the principal in me. The championing of children and their adult mentors as they overcome adversity is inspirational.


Thank you Donna!  For being in our Member Spotlight, we're sending you a DVD set of fun film noir titles.  Eddie approved!

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