Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Robert Osborne, 1932 -2017

We'll take a break from the political upheaval in current events to mark the passing of film historian and long time host of cable's Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Robert Osborne, who died yesterday at age 84. From TCM's founding in 1994, Osborne introduced classic films to viewers with fascinating insights and backstories into the films and their stars in a warm, knowledgable way. He clearly loved his work, and was known as an expert source on the history of American film, and as a major proponent of the preservation of this American art form. Among his friends he counted such actors as Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, and Kirk Douglas, while having his own star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. He was the face of TCM, and as they acknowledged in their statement, his "contributions were fundamental in shaping TCM into what it is today and we owe him a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid." R.I.P.

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