Meghan Cochran from Platteville, CO
Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?
After watching as many TCM films as possible, I love riding horses. Anytime I am not watching a classic movie, I'm most likely riding my horse. I love the freedom of jumping on a one thousand pound animal and running.
What’s your favorite movie snack?
I have a sweet tooth like none other, so it is hard to choose just one thing, but sour gummy worms are truly the best. Nothing beats turning on your favorite movie with a pack of sour gummy worms.
What’s your favorite part of TCM?
TCM has played a major role in my life these past few years. Being just recently a high school graduate, not many people share my interest for classic movies, so TCM has truly helped me become open minded to all the classic treasures of yesterday. My favorite part of TCM has to be all of the amazing hosts. I have learned so much by watching the intros to the movies and it helps me make connections between actors, directors, and other films.
What’s your favorite movie genre?
As much as I love suspense and mystery movies, my favorite genre is the polar opposite. I love musicals. Whenever I have no idea what to watch, I know I'll enjoy it if it's a musical. The more singing and dancing the better. I love the lighthearted spirit and the romance in classic musicals.
Who’s your favorite actor or actress or filmmaker of all time? And why?
It should be taking me longer to answer, but right away I knew exactly. I love Gene Kelly. He had so much charisma and he was electric in his films. He makes his dancing seem so effortless, but the hard work he put into his rehearsal is very admirable. I first saw Singin’ in the Rain when I was very young and loved him then, but after watching An American in Paris and On the Town, I have so much respect for him. I really cannot say enough about him.
Who would you be thrilled to meet, and what would you say?
I would be so starstruck if I met Doris Day. I have seen many of her movies and love every single one. She has such a presence on screen. I have to admit, I love her sass in her films, I don't know of any other actress who could slap Rock Hudson like she did in Send Me No Flowers. If I ever regained consciousness after meeting her, I would ask her how she felt playing opposite so many great actors and actresses. I would also tell her she has a beautiful singing voice.
What do you collect?
I collect vintage movie posters. I love the look of them and how they are so different from those of today. I also collect classic movies, which I have a hard time not bragging about. I have a great collection...
If you had to pick just one, what would be your favorite movie?
Sticking with the musical theme, I love West Side Story. From the singing of Marni Nixon and Jim Bryant to the heartbreaking scenes of Russ Tamblyn and Natalie Wood, this movie captivates you. This movie keeps me on the edge of my seat and fighting back tears no matter how many times I've seen it.
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