The Cinema Arts Centre commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the iconic Marilyn Monroe’s death with a rare in-person appearance by Don Murray, Monroe’s Academy Award-nominated co-star in Bus Stop. Joshua Logan’s classic 1956 comedy is based on a play by Pulitzer Prize winner William Inge. The live interview will be conducted by movie scholar Foster Hirsch. MARILYN MONROE AND DON MURRAY ———->
Don Murray grew up in the shadow of the Cinema Arts Centre in Long Island, NY. During his career, he worked with such Hollywood luminaries as Henry Fonda, Charles Laughton, Walter Pigeon, Hope Lange, Peter Lawford, Gene Tierney, and Burgess Meredith. His own screen credits include A Hatful of Rain, Advise and Consent, and Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. His pre-film personal life was notable, since he was a conscientious objector during the Korean War. Murray’s appearance and interview is being filmed for inclusion in a new documentary in development about his career.
The Don Murray interview will precede a screening of Bus Stop. The event is Wednesday, November 14th at 7:30p. Tickets are available for members of the Center and the public. The Cinema Arts Center is located at 423 Park Avenue in Huntington, NY.
This program is a gentle distraction for folks in the area affected by Superstorm Sandy.
Lucille Bliss, a voice actress who appeared in animated film classics, and a television pioneer in cartoons, has died. She began her career hosting a local children’s program in San Francisco. In 1949, she was selected to create a persona of Crusader Rabbit, the first animated series on television.
Crusader Rabbit was the brainchild of Jay Ward, who pitched the animated character (as well as Dudley Do-Right) to NBC. Ward’s ultimate success led to his developing his greatest work, Rocky and Bullwinkle. Today, the legal rights for Crusader Rabbit now belong to FOX Networks.
Bliss was asked to perform as Anastasia in Disney’s Cinderella in 1959. She was also well known in the industry for playing Smurfette in Hanna-Barbera’s The Smurfs, and enjoyed by a whole new generation of children. Her voice was also heard on episodes of The Flinstones.
Lucille Bliss was 96. In her honor: Bing…Bing…Bing!
Until next time> “never forget”