Giving Pat Answers
I don't know many people to watch this full video, but it makes a nice companion piece to a couple of earlier posts -- and is worth it for 30 seconds.
Over the past couple of months, I've had a few videos of Patricia Morison, who starred in the original Broadway production of Kiss Me, Kate, and also appeared with Yul Brynner in The King and I (though not the original cast). As it happens, Ms Morison is still around, and only this past March 19 she celebrated her 100th birthday! I though you might want to seen her just two years ago at a fairly-sprightly 98.
This is a 50-minute interview with Scott Feinberg of the Hollywood Reporter. And she's sharp and charming. As I said, though, I don't expect most people to watch it all, but it's worth watching the first few minutes at least, just to get a good sense of her, and then you can jump to the 50:25 mark, because Mr. Feinberg gets her to sing a bit. It's only briefly, but all things considered she's in respectable voice.
The opening is fun for another reason. It appears that the interview begins with Patricia Morison wearing an ostentatious hat. But if you keep watching, it turns out not to be a hat at all, but rather her pet parrot that's perched on her head. It eventually decides to go flying around, though keeps returning to her. (They have quite a fine rapport...) In fact, you can see it in the frame below, to her left sitting on the sofa cushion next to the lamp.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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