Classic Hollywood Query

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Hi Jamie,

This isn’t so much of a post or a rant as a start of a discussion about one of the most important topics in our generation: Movie stars and fame. ; )

This weekend I attended a semi annual brunch hosted by my dad’s old friends, a lovely bunch of queens and a few kings, mostly in their 70’s and 80’s. After they all get the questions out of they way: Who’s that guy? (answer, my BF you’ve met 10 times!), how’s your handsome brother? and don’t you love veal?, you have to come up with some topics at the tables. This year, classic hollywood.

Somehow I know who Van Johnson is/was because I’m secretly a Golden Girl. I mentioned that he passed away this week and that he’s one of the last of classic hollywood stars. We discussed it was down to a few we consider classics: Liz Taylor, Olivia De Havilland, Peter O’Toole, Doris Day, Robert Redford (pushing it!) and Julie Christy. Julie Christie, gorgeous! But I thought that might even be pushing it as they were all big post-war. Are the Hollywood legends of our childhood all gone? In my lifetime I’ve seen them all go. John Wayne, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Rock Hudson, and Katherine Hepburn just to name a few. 

Is it the end of an era, and if so, will kids not yet born look back in 50 years and say the same? If so, who will be classic Hollywood in the future? Here are my thoughts, but I want yours (and our readers) too! 

  • George Clooney (natch! so classic)
  • Julia Roberts (I’m bias, family, ha!)
  • Brad and Angelina — say what you want about the homewrecker, she and BP are making a difference and picking plum rolls. Oh, and they’re hot. 
  • Meryl Streep — our generation’s Bette Davis for sure. 
  • Tom Cruise — I can’t stand that brain-washing, closeted alien, but he does bring the box office
  • Will Smith — I’m on the fence on this. Will he be remembered? I know he’s huge now, but Abbott and Costello were huge in there time, and entire generations have forgotten them.
  • Phillip Seymour Hoffman — annoys me, but damn he’s a versitile actore. 
  • Julianne Moore — long-shot, but if she picks her rolls better in the future, she’ll do bigger and better things. 

 

Classic?

Classic?

 

 

What do you think? Who of the new kids in Hollywood has a chance?  Are we in a golden era or is it just something forever stunted at 1950? 

Love,

Marc

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2 Responses to “Classic Hollywood Query”

  1. calimama33 Says:

    What about Scarlett Johansson? Is she too young to be considered a possible future classic? Does she have it or is it just that she looks like what we think of as a past Hollywood classic star?

    And what about Meg Ryan, Cate Blanchett, Jane Fonda and (I’m with you Jamie) Oliver Platt!

  2. Jamie Says:

    Calimama,

    I think you’re on to something with Scarlett Johansson. She’s young, but very talented, I think. I included Cate Blanchett on my post. She’s fab.

    JD

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