Melanie Staggs from Hamilton, OH


Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?

I am a Personal Shopper and Display Coordinator for a local huge antique mall. I created both positions and love what I do. If you're looking for a paticular item, I find it in our mall if it becomes available. Each month, the scenes change and a new theme is portrayed. Spring means patio sets, vintage bird baths, white wicker and ushering in the warm weather.


What’s your favorite movie snack?

Probably a bowl of cereal and some fruit or a dessert with a huge glass of milk!


What’s your favorite part of TCM?

I really enjoy the background info before and after the featured films that the TCM hosts provide. I am interested in the behind-the-scenes stories and trivia!


What’s your favorite movie genre?

Movies depicting common ordinary people and everyday life, problems, triumphs and families.


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

Gregory Peck, because he conveyed sincerity, a natural demeanor and usually portrayed a sound character in most parts he played. He was truly a great actor!

Sophia Loren, because she is a passionate, strong, beautiful, voluptuous, expressive, woman and actress!


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

Sophia Loren, because her energy, life and movies have been so worth following. I would tell her that I even though I'm predominately German, followed by Scandinavian and Irish, I love that I am 6% Italian and have been to Italy twice. (Most people think I'm Italian and the people there have assumed so, speaking to me in Italian.) And that I would love to live there and lunch with her on Capri and talk with her about her illustrious life and career.


What do you collect?

Many things... dishes and decorations for every holiday, vintage hats, '50's kitchen items, as well as vintage feminine things like hankies, beautiful rhinestone jewelry and old floral talc tins. Also vintage postcards, books, antique furniture and 1920's-60's cook books.


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

To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus has a moral victory. He teaches his children, his constituents and his world to do what's right, not what's easy. Period.

The movie soundtrack by Elmer Bernstein is tremendously one with the movie and is totally inseparable from its success. It is also my favorite music in the whole world.


Thank you Melanie!  For being in our Member Spotlight, we're sending you TCM's beautiful book Sophia Loren: Movie Star Italian Style.  Take it to Italy on your next trip there, and it's the next best thing to having lunch with her!

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