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OCTOBER 2013 UPDATE
Thank You, Turner Classic Movies
On October 2, TCM featured Samantha as its primetime 'star of the day,' with Robert Osborne hosting back-to-back airings of a selection of her movies (Doctor Dolittle, Walk Don't Run, The Collector, Dr. Crippen and Return From the Ashes).
"TCM gives actors/actresses an enormous gift in showing films that previously have not been available and I hope that you enjoyed last night's selections - a few have never been aired to my knowledge!
All the wonderful, funny and challenging relationships in front of and behind the scenes came flooding back to me, and I realized what an overabundance of people and places, minds and souls I lucked into....
The people: Some of my fondest memories are of not only the actors, but the incredible crews who bravely and brilliantly manage to take one away from the present, into a couple of hours of love and fear, tears and laughter....
(As for actors, I've been blessed to have so often been in the company of brilliant ones! Would have been a dream come true to have been kissed by Marlin Brando, Paul Newman, or Johnny Depp...but I digress....)
The places: That wonderful line from Doctor Dolittle - 'Show me those fabulous places I'm longing to see' - was one that certainly came true for me! Where else does one have the opportunity to travel to any and all countries? Welcomed or not!!! On one location, we were chased by hoards carrying machetes, but that's perhaps a story for another time....
The minds and souls: Such fun during those 'waiting' times between setups, sitting on our 'personalized' director chairs, sharing humour, intellect, private life and secrets. It was a time to discover the magic of each human.
Thank you to the brilliant gent, Mr. Robert Osborne and Turner Classic Movies...for making all those memories available today and onward."
~Samantha Eggar, October 3, 2013
AUGUST 2013 UPDATE
Samantha Wraps Production For New Audio Project of
Sam has just completed her studio work for the latest recording in the popular "Ender's Game" series, which is scheduled for release on October 29, 2013. The project was a particularly enjoyable one for her, especially working with director Gabrielle de Cuir:
"There are certain people I love to work for, who not only offer recorded projects and roles of great interest and challenge for the actors, but most importantly give pleasure and pique the curiosity of their listeners. Such was this newest endeavor, a full-on radio drama production of Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, directed by Gabrielle de Cuir of Skyboat Media.
Gabrielle de Cuir is one of those afore mentioned producers I shamelessly grovel before!
Having worked nearly all my life for men, when I met Gabrielle a few years ago I was intrigued with the idea of finally having the opportunity to work with a female calling the shots! As soon as I plonked my bum down in the chair of her wonderful recording studio, I found that I had come under the baton of a learned, strict but gracious conductor, and I was all hers. (The other producer/director that had me entranced and captivated was the great Norman Corwin, unparalleled in every entity to do with broadcasting.) Actors have a sixth sense as to the truth in their work and how they perform it. Sadly, many cut that corner, to their detriment and short careers. Gabrielle accepts nothing but the truth and when you board her ship, you had better be ship-shape!
This massive project that Gabrielle and her partner, producer Stefan Rudnicki, worked on alongside the author, entailed having to change the novels from the first person to a play form. By the time we received the scripts, they literally stood inches high! We worked as a company recording in the Marc Graue Studios in Burbank. It was handled like a film - daily call sheet, efficient and enthusiastic interns, attention to every detail. I can hardly imagine the editing job they are now embroiled in, but that will be a cinch for this couple who have just produced the KJV Bible audio, which was nominated for the Audie Awards.
The film of Ender's Game is also being released with Harrison Ford in the lead this November. So it is full steam ahead for this fascinating military science fiction project!"
"Our final day in the studio was made memorable by the matchless talents of Samantha Eggar, Richard McGonagle, Stefan Rudnicki, Vikas Adam and John Rubenstein. These pros make up the adults of "Ender's Game Alive," and...listening to these vocal masters is absolute perfection."
Gabrielle du Cuir, July 16 blogpost, SkyboatMedia.com
To learn more about this audio project, visit www.skyboatmedia.com. A CD copy may be purchased through the Amazon link located there.
JUNE 2013 UPDATE
Video Promo Online For
Skyboat Media has posted a nice video interview with Sam and other co-stars of the recent Zondervan audio recording of the King James Version Bible. To view, visit www.skyboatmedia.com.
FEBRUARY 2013 UPDATE
California Artists Radio Theatre (CART) Starring Samantha Eggar February 16
CART celebrates the 200th birthday of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 1:30 PM in North Hollywood at the Beverly Garland. Starring Samantha Eggar as Elizabeth Bennet, John Rafter Lee as Mr. Darcy, James Lancaster as Mr. Bingley, Annie Gagen as Jane Bennet, JoAnne Worley as Lady de Bourgh, Phil Proctro as Mr. Bennet, Diane Mercer as Mrs. Bennet, Paul Keith as Mr. Collins, Melinda Peterson as Caroline Bingley, Johnny O'Callaghan as Captain Wickham, Elizabeth Dennehy as Charlotte Lucas, Tom Williams as Sir Lucas, Linda Henning as Lydia Bennet, Bob Legionaire as Hill, and Announcer John Harlan. Adapted, directed and produced by Peggy Webber.
If you plan to be in the Los Angeles area, be sure to attend this live performance! For more information and to order tickets, call 213-683-3422 or visit www.CARTradio.com.
SEPTEMBER 2012 UPDATE
Samantha Receives Career Achievement Award at Cinecon 48
"Never having been one to dwell upon awards, I was taken aback a couple months ago on receiving an invitation to the 48th Cinecon Classic Film Festival at Graumans Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, to be given a 'Life Achievement Award.'
"For what?" said I in my mind. I then presumed they would show "The Collector" - but no, they were going to show "Walk Don't Run" with Cary Grant and Jim Hutton, made in 1965. The 2012 Olympics in glorious London had recently ended and I thought it perfect to show "Walk Don't Run" with the hysterical Olympic Walking Race scene in the film. This was the final film Cary Grant made and also produced. We shot half in Tokyo, Japan and filmed the interiors at Columbia Studios in Los Angeles.
To work with Mr. Grant so early in my career, was in retrospect, an irreplaceable gift. With generosity galore he aided me through the comedy. Another English actor in the cast, John Standing, kept my spirits up, as I had given birth to my first child (Nicolas) 17 days previously in Los Angeles and missed him terribly. Yet here I was, running full pelt down a Tokyo street in high heels and a hat!
The loving duty Cinecon does in Film Preservation is something all film enthusiasts and fans should suppport and applaud. Saving precious moments of all artistry in our business is another irreplaceable gift and I salute this organization.
They made a brand new print of "Walk Don't Run" to show and it was more than splendid. Seeing the film on a 'real screen', not a television screen, allowed all the editing and timing of the humour to be experienced and the audience seemed to thoroughly enjoy it. Film comedies should be experienced with an audience to do service to the actors, writers and director. Like Rex Harrison in musicals and Cary Grant in comedy, no one can or will ever approach their genius.
So sitting there last Saturday with many friends and family, I felt a tinge of pride and oh so much gratitude for a wonderful life I have been blessed to have in this business of film."
~Samantha Eggar, September 6, 2012
Samantha To Be Honored at Cinecon 48
Cinecon, an annual five-day event of film screenings, celebrity guests and movie memorabilia, will present Samantha with their Career Achievement Award on Sunday, September 2, 2012 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel on North Highland Avenue. This follows a special screening of "Walk Don't Run" and a Q&A with Samantha on Saturday, September 1st at the historic Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.cinecon.org. (Day passes are available as well as full event passes.)
AUGUST 2012 UPDATE
New Releases Coming From CART, Plus Ray Bradbury Tribute on SiriusXM
California Artists Radio Theatre will be releasing a number of their most requested programs over the coming weeks, including these featuring Samantha:
More information is available at www.cartradio.com.
And listen up all you travellers:
JUNE 2012 UPDATE
Congratulations, Your Majesty
Samantha Celebrates Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee
"Queen Elizabeth has been my Sovereign all my life.
When I was born, King George VI was alive and as children at school, we learnt of the devastating suddenness of his death and Princess Elizabeth's accession to the throne at the age of 25. Of course, the pomp and circumstance, crowns and tiaras, music and costumes fed our imaginative little minds.
My family have served the Crown in many ways by Civil Service and Active Duty - and though some in England wonder why we have a Royal Family, I see it as a pattern of certitude, discipline and selflessness. Not many in their right mind would endure that job, yet here is the Queen, radiant in her 80's, celebrating a life of "Service."
I am now an American citizen, but my heritage is indomitable.
Long Live the Queen."
APRIL 2012 UPDATE
Next CART Live Show
Don't miss Samantha in this live presentation on Saturday, April 21, 1:30 pm at the Beverly Garland Little Theatre. JoAnn Worley and many regular CART cast members, along with special guest star Jane Withers, will all lend their talents to this one-of-a-kind performance. For reservations or more information, call 213-683-3422.
NOVEMBER 2011 UPDATES
New Audio Interview with Samantha
Samantha just completed an audio interview about her experiences making The Collector to coincide with its release this month on Blu-Ray. Film historian Dick Dinman conducted the interview. "When I have a guest as gracious and charming as Ms. Eggar, my job becomes the easiest one in the world," he said.
Listen to the entire interview at www.wmpg.org.
"The Collector" Now Available on Blu-Ray
You can add The Collector to your movie collection this holiday season with a Blu-Ray version hitting the shelves early this month. Directed by William Wyler, The Collector garnered numerous awards and nominations, including Best Director, Best Actress (Samantha) and Best Adapted Screenplay nominations at the Academy Awards, and winning Samantha the Best Actress Award at Cannes (1965).
OCTOBER 2011 UPDATES
CART Returns to XM Sirius on Halloween Night
Books and Drama Channel 80 on XM Satellite Radio is set to air previous performances of the California Artists Radio Theatre every Monday night at 9:00 pm Eastern, 6 pm Pacific. Tune in to their debut broadcast on Halloween of Ray Bradbury's The October Country, Monday, October 31st, 9 pm. This performance features William Windom, Beverly Garland, HM Wynant, Marty Maguire, Linda Henning, Leslie Easterbrook, John Bliss, John O'Callaghan, Paul Keith, and Peggy Webber. For more information about CART's programs, performers, and live shows in Los Angeles, please visit www.cartradio.com.
New Blu Ray Releases of "The Exterminator"
Could there possibly be a better time of year for horror fans to enjoy the Blu-Ray DVD release of The Exterminator? This 1980 action-packed fright fest was written and directed by James Glickenhaus, and featured Robert Ginty, Christopher George and Samantha Eggar. As a newly released Unrated Director's Cut from Synapse Films, it includes the film's theatrical trailer, television spots, and audio commentary by Glickenhaus.A second Blu-Ray version is scheduled to be released on November 7th by independent British distributors Arrow Video, and will contain even more special features, including a collector's booklet; audio commentary by Exterminator producer Mark Buntzman; an introduction to the film by James Glickenhaus, as well as "Fire and Slice: Making The Exterminator - An Interview with James Glickenhaus." Sam's role in The Exterminator came only months after shooting The Brood, directed by David Cronenberg. "Cronenberg's fourth feature, The Brood benefited from a great cast," wrote reviewer Ryan Lambie, "including Oliver Reed as a glowering psychologist and Art Hindle as a young father struggling through the divorce from hell. It's Samantha Eggar who completely dominates the film, though....Eggar's performance burns through the screen, as she simmers and seethes her way through to the film's fabulously gory conclusion. If Breck Eisner is going to direct a remake of The Brood, as was suggested a couple of years ago, he'll struggle to find another actress who can top Eggar's volcanic turn here." An uncut version of The Brood is available on DVD. (NOTE: Both films were originally rated R for violent/graphic content and are not appropriate for all ages.)
MARCH 2011 UPDATES
Samantha To Co-Star in CART's 2011 Season Debut on March 20thCalifornia Artists Radio Theatre presents the Booth Tarkington comedy Clarence, starring Marvin Kaplan, Samantha Eggar, JoAnn Worley, and Richard Herd on Sunday, March 20th. For more information or to make reservations, call (213) 683-3422 or visit www.cartradio.com.
New Audio Bible by Zondervan Publications
Zondervan Publications has just released "The Bible Experience: The Complete Bible", a dramatic audio Bible performed by 400 of today's biggest stars, including Samantha, in TNIV (Today's New International Version). Visit the Zondervan website at www.zondervan.com for more details!
DECEMBER 2010 UPDATES
New Photos, From California Artists Radio Theatre
Ed Asner and Sam
Samantha at Norman Corwin birthday bash
Left to right. Phil Procter, Marvin Kaplan, Tom Williams,
Shelly Long, Shelly Berman, Samantha, Ian Abercrombie,
Paul Keith and our guest Norman Corwin.
Leonard Maltin (Top film critic and author)
Samantha and Norman Corwin, May 2010
Singing Happy Birthday to our producer Peggy Webber and
the audience. Front Row, left to right. Jo Anne Worley,
Peggy, Paul Keith, Samantha, John O'Callaghan,
Tom Williams, Richard Herd.
Samantha enjoyed the many performances and celebrations with CART this year and looks forward to 2011.
"What I love about our group is the Repertory aspect. We have been a group together, in my time, for 25 years. The joy of each time one may play the lead and the next show have two lines, stiletto heels and a boa is such participatory fun!"
Samantha Interviewed by Turner Classic Movies
Taken after Samantha finished her recent TCM interview
Samantha sat down for a TCM archival interview a few days ago, excerpts of which will be seen during broadcasts of the films and co-stars she recalled. There's no way of knowing when and where these will turn up, but they are almost certain to air during broadcasts of her films, so watch for those!
OCTOBER 2010 UPDATES
October 9th: Samantha will be participating in the California Artists Radio Theatre 25th Anniversary Show, to be held in the Beverly Garland Hotel in North Hollywood. Visit www.calartistsradiotheatre.org for more information.
AUGUST 2010 UPDATES
Samantha Hosts CIMA Awards
Samantha was honored to host the CIMA awards this year, and had especially looked forward to presenting the CIMA 2010 Film Award to "The Hurt Locker" Director Kathryn Bigelow.
"I have been involved (in the CIMA) for some years now as only participating in the Mass, which the Cardinal usually celebrates, but this year I was asked to MC," Samantha says. "Not a job I am used to, but a challenge I was eager to take on, especially in light of the fact that one of the honorees was Kathryn Bigelow, Director of 'The Hurt Locker', which went on to win the Oscar in so many categories. I knew Kathryn slightly, but I was so excited to be introducing this talented person.
"I worked hard on what I felt was a pretty good speech, the key part of which I thought embodied all she stood for. Well there I was all ready to do my bit, filled with pride and words exchanged among my friends, when it was announced she was ill and would not be there!"
C'est le vie! Samantha had a wonderful experience hosting the awards, in spite of the disappointment, and is anxious to see Kathryn's future projects.
"Kathryn brought an air of 'civilised accomplishment' to making movies and as such it has allowed other filmmakers to experience their own creative endeavours with pride rather than competitively. Her concentration on every breath taken was...seen on the screen."
SAMANTHA REMEMBERS FRIEND AND CO-STAR PATRICIA NEALSamantha and Patricia in NY, 2007. (Photo taken by Sam's daughter Jenna.)
I met the extraordinary Patricia Neal when we did a film together called "Psyche 59" in England. There are some people, women especially, that when you meet them, an intended serendipitious connection of total truth and laughter happens. It is rare and forever. The minute I heard her port wine voice - with that wry smile creasing the corners of her lips - I was completely hooked.
Patricia 'mothered' people. She cared for and continued all her life to 'check up' on me and my children. Her well-documented journey is the saga of the Greeks, but her indomitable soul and spirit lives on to guide others who either face such tragedies or need a swift kick in the you-know-what to get on with life. We only have one and she showed with heart and humour how to truly face up to and live it.
She died peacefully, surrounded by family. "I've had a lovely time," she said. And so have we, dearest Patsy Lou, so blessed by knowing you.
~ Samantha Eggar, August 10, 2010
Note: Previous updates can be found in the Archives.