#1 Who's your favourite singer/group?
Wow, not an easy one to narrow down... I love the American Songbook, so pretty much anyone singing Gershwin, Berlin, or Porter (well, not Rod Stewart) ... the Andrew Sisters teamed up with Bing Crosby (who can resist "Pistol Packin' Mama"?)... uh, if I had to pick a modern group (ie. still alive), probably Celtic Thunder- as a good little Nova Scotian, I was raised on Celtic music, and they sing it very, very well. My sisters and I go to their concert every year in Halifax, and they always put on a great show. Besides, there's just something about guys in kilts....
#2 If your favourite male actor was in the same room as you right now, what would your reaction be?
Hmm... after I got over the whole "Aren't you dead?" thing, I hope I wouldn't be too nervous to ask what it was like being in some of the best movies ever- 'You Can't Take It With You', 'It's A Wonderful Life', 'Mr. Smith Goes To Washington'... there are so many. Jimmy Stewart always gave the impression of being a down-to-earth guy, so maybe I wouldn't be too over-awed.
I don't think so... if I only watched movies by people whom I agreed with on anything politically or socially, I wouldn't watch much. There are a few people whose work I refuse to watch on principle- Roman Polanski, for example. But since I never liked him, I don't suppose that counts.
#4 Name a famous person you like whose name starts with a "V".
Uh, does Dick Van Dyke count? If not, how about Victor McLaglan, or Vincent Price?
I don't like many of the modern ones- too many actresses look like they stepped out of the bathtub and wrapped themselves in the shower curtain- so I'll choose a classic one: Grace Kelly circa 1956 Academy Awards.
I'd say probably Queen Elizabeth's mum, Elizabeth. She was a tough old bird- lived to be 101- and kept a stiff upper lip 'til the last. During W.W.I, her home was turned into a convalescence home for wounded soldiers, which she helped to run. She also lost one of her brothers in this war. She initially turned down Prince Albert's proposal of marriage, but eventually accepted him as he wouldn't take no for an answer, telling his parents that he would't marry anyone but her. Unexpectedly becoming Queen, she carried it off with aplomb and fortitude, especially during W.W.II, when Buckingham Palace was bombed and she refused to leave London or send her daughters away for safety, either. Instead, she took pistol lessons in case of invasion. How can you not love a gal whom Hitler called "the most dangerous woman in Europe."? Rule Britannia!
7. Who's your favourite child actor/tress?
Definitely Max Pomeranc, who starred in 'Searching For Bobby Fischer' when he was about eight years old. I love that movie, and he's amazing in it.
Jim Caviezel. A number of years ago, Caviezel, who is staunchly pro-life, was debating the issue with a friend who challenged him to prove he meant it by adopting a child with a disability whom nobody wanted. Caviezel and his wife traveled to China and adopted a little boy with a brain tumor who had been abandoned. They have since adopted two more children, both with life threatening illnesses. Due to their love and care, all three children are alive and have a family. Incidentally, his show, 'Person of Interest' is the best thing on television... the only T.V. show I make a point of watching each week.
No...acting styles change, and so do peoples' tastes and opinions. Many find the older style of acting not to their liking- fair enough. I would point out though, that actors back in the day had to bring a lot more to the table: they were expected to be able to act, as well as sing and dance creditably. They also didn't have the technology they have today to make the actors look good- the editing capabilities, special effects, etc. And with all these advantages, modern cinema still produced 'Twilight'. I rest my case.
10. What's the weirdest famous-person name?
Um... Groucho Marx? Harpo Marx? Fatty Arbuckle? Take your pick.
11. Do you think you look like a famous person? Which one(s)?
No, I definitely don't, except for Minnie Driver's hair when it's like this:
Well, today it's by Winston Churchill: "We are all worms. But I believe I'm a glow-worm.
13. Who is your favourite dancer?
Fred Astaire. The epitome of class... who else could rock a pair of spats? I like his routines with his various dance partners, but it's when he's dancing solo that you can't take your eyes off of him. How did he make something so hard look so effortless?
14. Why is your favourite actress your favourite one? When did you decide that she was your favourite?
Hmm... I'm not sure I have a favourite actress, one who I make an effort to see all the movies she's in. I do have favorite roles played by various actresses: I love Greer Garson in 'Mrs. Miniver' ... Rosalind Russell in 'His Girl Friday'... Wendy Hiller in 'Pygmalion' and 'I Know Where I'm Going' ... well, you get the idea. They are perfect for the roles that they're in.
15. Have you ever met/ seen/ been close to a famous person?
A few Canadian-famous, which isn't quite the same thing... and I did see Charlton Heston at a distance once- years ago, when he was filming a movie in Nova Scotia not far from where I grew up.