Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Warren Beatty Thinks This Song Is About Him - The Hairpin
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I think I'm quite conventional. I'm a peaceful person once work ethic is established. If people are around me and whatever I'm doing is efficient, then I'm extremely peaceful. When someone doesn't care about their job or it's all screwed up - no, I am not peaceful, because I'm addicted to making people better than they think they are. Is that because you thought you might not live up to your potential? A couple of friends told me I wasn't and told me to get my act together, and it made a huge impact on me.
She had done the original Ocean's She was a rat-pack mascot, friends with all of them though girlfriend to none. She had started on Broadway as a hoofer. She was known to be the girl with great legs but a funny face.
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If you look back at those films now, she was striking: It's odd that she says she didn't have her act together when she was doing so well. To get my act together, I realised I had to look more within myself - and I did.
How am I supposed to remember what pictures I was doing then?
I can't remember much of anything, quite frankly, which I'm very happy about in many ways because it means I can live totally in the now. She doesn't remember much about Terms of Endearment, for which she won an Oscar in I have to be more in the now in order to know what I'm doing.
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What's the most interesting thing that's changed about her? She pauses to consider the accuracy of her answer. Not to be successful, but to be creative - and also I was very involved in relationships, particularly men. I had all of these fabulous relationships.
I learnt a great deal through them, and now I want more of a relationship with nature and with ruminating and remembering and dreaming, and so forth. I don't like to socialise much. It's a big deal for me to come into town because I live on a ranch in New Mexico.
She doesn't like the toxicity of the traffic in Beverly Hills. There's some really creative people living and working here I adore. Particularly if they're eccentric. I used to be disturbed by eccentrics; now I welcome them. The guys would call me up and say we want two or three Shirleys tonight and I would help them. What I found really humiliating were jokes about me that people didn't laugh at.
Robin Williams once did a whole Oscar show ripping off my channelling. Oh, he was hysterical. What does she mean exactly when she says she used to be really involved in relationships, pursuing men? She had many affairs and an odd year marriage to film producer-turned-businessman Steve Parker - they weren't really together for a lot of it. There was an intense three-year affair with Robert Mitchum. There was Danny Kaye and Yves Montand, and she always had a fascination for politicians, including Andrew Peacock, who at the time was Australia's foreign minister.
Her search for the definition of love was quite thorough. Did she never enjoy monogamy? Although I am a serial monogamist. There are three sets of people where sex is concerned.
The promiscuous, which I was not; the total monogamist, which I was not; and the serial monogamist, who has very deep but intense relationships while you are in them. I guess I learned what I needed to learn from them and then I usually fixed it so they would move on, not me. I didn't like the guilt of moving away from them. I'm a middle-class girl from Virginia. I don't handle guilt well. But I'm over the hill now,' she says, not particularly sadly.
Is it true she never had her heart broken? She whispers, 'Yes, that's true. My heart would be broken, shattered, if something happened to my dog though. I take her everywhere, and you know, we've had a talk. She's going to live till about and then she'll come back again and it'll be up to me to find her.
She says they are both very independent spirits, loyal but individual. She credits Terry as co-writer of her book Out on a Leash: Exploring the Nature of Reality and Love. And Terry is 'almost androgynous, that's why she has an androgynous name'.
She could talk about her dog all day. She swallowed a diamond ring once. It hasn't come out yet. She's commandeered for her a special coat which says she is a therapy dog, which allows her in forbidden places like aeroplanes. He might come back as a person.
People come back as people, dogs come back as dogs. Was it a lap dog, your dog? Did he do lapping?
I tell her the story of my poodle and how he died, how I told him he didn't have to hang on for me and we would always know each other, how he arched his neck up, took his last breath and died in my arms. She wipes her tears away. Any slivers of brusqueness are gone.
It's still a conundrum, though, why she should write books about love and say she doesn't know heartbreak.
But maybe she has forgotten it. It's set during the Second World War, with MacLaine's character the love interest of three men, until one of them dies when his bomber crashes into Belfast's Cave Hill. The mechanics of the triangle are told both in the present and in the past, and MacLaine gives us a woman who is distanced by life, hardened until a breakthrough moment when she allows herself to feel. I doubt it was hard for her to access that dislocation.
She says the pain of the separation from her dog helped her to support Attenborough, who was grieving for the daughter and granddaughter he lost in the Asian tsunami of Through her dog she can access hurt. She tried to teach me then; I didn't learn very well. She's come back and I'm learning better. Most of the great stories told in books and on film are about family. That is how we start. I would not have missed for a moment the chance to have children and being around for them growing up.
I was one of four children and have four myself, so I know the importance of rules. People ask me things as if I am an expert. A lot of them waited or never had a child. Acting can be so very selfobsessed it can dominate a life. I was 30 before I made my first movie and by 35 was already in a magazine article in the Older Actresses section. It dominates the rest of her life, throughout a dull career and succession of wrecked relationships. When she finally finds love it gives her the confidence to begin searching for her daughter Naomi Watts who has become a highly successful lawyer known for her coldness and hard-headedness.
If I had listened to others then Warren and I would not have had this wonderful adventure together. Family life for both of us has been really worth living. He once said of his many lovers: He would barrage directors with questions, growing increasingly frustrated with their lack of decision or direction. His obsession with knowing everything that was happening — everywhere, all the time — grew.
After much back and forth that reminds me much too keenly of my sophomore year in college, Beatty and Wood broke up, sparking a string of one night stands on his part — seldom for sex so much as for connections. Caron was married to Peter Hall, the director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, with whom she had two small children.
But Beatty was no legitimate home-wrecker: Caron was six years older, a mother of two, and Beatty was apparently totally smitten. Which is another way of saying that Beatty was essentially becoming The Worst.
Comedian targeted by the mob? American attempt at nouvelle vague? Warren Beatty in a role intended for Lenny Bruce? Somewhere around this time, Beatty began to develop an amazing ability with the phone. Meaning he was constantly on it — but not in the annoying, always-be-closing stockbroker sort of way. More the purring, sex-on-the-line sorta way. Then, the final straw: Feldman becomes convinced that Beatty is trying to outmaneouver him and boxes him out of the production.
It makes a fair amount of money. Enter Bonnie and Clyde. Caron and Beatty are hanging out in London, and Beatty hears that Francois Truffaut, he of The Blows and Jules et Jim and, you know, all of those other French masterpieces, has an adaptation of Fahrenheit in the works. Caron sets up a meeting for her overanxious boyfriend and Truffaut, but Truffaut says no way, mon ami, but maybe you want to develop this other gangster thing?
Beatty dithers over buying the script, thinking that Westerns are washed up — the stuff of television and B-movies. But Caron tells him to stop being a doofus: He wants Bob Dylan for Clyde. Maybe his sister for Bonnie? He offers it to still good friend Natalie Wood, but she turns it down. So did every other female star in Hollywood: In the end, it was Arthur Penn, who Beatty had wrangled to direct, who discovered Faye Dunaway on the stage.
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She was Bonnie; Bonnie was her. Now, when was the last time you saw this film? Was it in my college film history course? Was it with your dad sometime in high school? Whenever it was, it was too long ago. Beatty was in his element: He was impotent yet charismatic — when you see how Dunaway looks at him in the beginning shots of the film, you understand exactly why she leaves her life to be with a man with little more than a gun.
The frustration is palpable. As douchey as the preceding 2, words have made Beatty sound, this film — and the courage it took to convincingly portray an impotent man — defined his career. No longer was he Beatty, the man no one wanted to watch: And the story gets even better: