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If you haven't taken a minute today to give thought to the brave souls in uniforms who made the ultimate sacrifice, please do.
Also to the great Sidney Pallock, who I had the privilege to work under in Africa. He was a spectacular human being.
For the record, it's Sydney Pollack.
OUT OF AFRICA was, indeed, great, and he deserved the Oscar he won for that film, but my favorite was TOOTSIE (1982) with Dustin Hoffman and an all-star cast, including Pollack himself as Tootsie's agent. Pollack was also one of Hollywood's most prolific producers. According to the IMDb, he was involved in 65 films and 35 TV shows in his 50-year career.
I saw him at the Austin Film Festival just two years ago -- hard to believe he's gone. He was an amazing guy. Let's all keep him and his family in our prayers.
And while we're doing so, let's also say one for all the soldiers who have and continue to fight and die for our freedom to pray and to express whatever we believe.
Hear, hear, Gene!
I was at Austin two years ago and was remembering all our encounters there with him. I was telling my husband how happy I was that my friends dared me to go up and talk to him at the big out door BBQ. He was telling me that he checked out E-bay occasionally to see if a piece of his half eaten toast was for sale.
I also loved him at the Paramount theater when he spoke with David Milch and Shane Black. That was an amazing como of men on one stage.
What a great man!
I couldn't have said it better Gene. And since my script just so happens to be about our veterans, I find it all the more reason for me to give pause. It's humbling to remember the ultimate sacrifices they made, so you and I can go about our day to day lives in relative peace.
Gene, Heather, well said and heart felt, one and all.
When I saw him walk into the ballroom in Austin to give his talk, I was just looking up at him with that loopy look one gets in the presence of their heros...and he smiled back. Eye contact and all. Midwestern nice.
What an astonishing body of work: full bodied technically and artistically, full of heart, smart as hell, and always, always, the integrity...right there...as gracefully present as God himself...
Boy, what a conversation those two must be having right about now...
One for the ages, that he was and always will be as a storyteller.
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