Judi Dench and Michael Kitchen together in The Browning Version (1985) and The World is Not Enough (1999)
Reblogged from amandaonwriting
Happy Birthday, Alistair Cooke, born 20 November 1908, died 30 March 2004
- A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn’t feel like it.
- Every sport pretends to be literature…
- In the best of times, our days are numbered anyway. So it would be a crime against nature for any generation to take the world crisis so solemnly that it put off enjoying those things for which we were designed in the first place: the opportunity to do good work, to enjoy friends, to fall in love, to hit a ball, and to bounce a baby.
- Curiosity is free-wheeling intelligence.
- People in America, when listening to radio, like to lean forward. People in Britain like to lean back.
Cooke was a British/American journalist, television personality and broadcaster. He was known for Letter from America and Alistair Cooke’s America, and as the host of PBS Masterpiece Theater from 1971 to 1992.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write
“Today would be the 105th birthday of Alistair Cooke. I think of him all the time. ‘Masterpiece’ was 15 years old when I became the executive producer. Alistair had been doing it from the beginning. I was terrified when I first met him. He was his wintry self. He had a way of being slightly dismissive, partly because many people would come up to him and say, ‘You’re Alistair Cooke.’ He developed a way of deflecting that … by actually denying it and saying he was someone else.”
She recalled a story about Cooke attending the San Francisco wedding of former Secretary of State George Shultz. Another guest, “a tiny, elegant lady,” got out of a limo, climbed the church’s stairs and approached Cooke.
“She looked up at him and said, ‘Are you Alistair Cooke?’
He said, ‘No. I’m Bob Hope.’
And she said, ‘Oh, I’m Mrs. Bob Hope.’
That’s the last time he did that.”
- Masterpiece producer Rebecca Easton in the Chicago Sun Times