HOLLYWOOD—What a beautiful, touching moment, when legendary actress Debbie Reynolds was recognized with a lifetime achievement at the SAG Awards in Los Angeles on January 25. The 82-year-old was both celebrated and roasted by her daughter, “Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher.
Miss Reynolds has been around for decades. She starred alongside Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire among many. Her screen debut was with Fred Astaire in the 1950 musical “Three Little Words.” She was honored for her achievements as a performer and for her efforts to preserve film history, as well as her humanitarian work, which includes the Thalians.
She earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for the 1964 musical “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” The song “Tammy” from the 1957 film “Tammy And The Bachelor,” and a Tony nomination for the 1973 Broadway revival of musical “Irene.” When I last spoke to her a few years ago, she was such a pleasure to speak with, her voice was as warm as a summer sky. Reynolds continues to bless us with her presence. She told the star-studded audience that “Singin in the Rain,” was her favorite film, then later “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” was her favorite.
February is almost upon us, a very special month. We celebrate in February, the Super Bowl, the Grammys and the granddaddy of award shows, the Oscars. It also that time of year where romance seems to bloom. Red roses, diamonds and romantic dinners only mean one thing: Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s could be the most dreaded day in the calendar for singles. Everyone knows that once you open up your heart, you are subjecting yourself to being hurt.
The only way you sum up the heartbreak is that you feel like a salad being tossed around, thrown in the trash and replaced by a (know-it-all) which in fact is someone with an IQ of 50, who never ever graduated from college. Unless you count a business school or a beauty school as being a graduate of a four-year-university. It can honestly leave someone speechless, that women like that can even attempt to be a last word freak. Single women certainly know how it feels to be dumped, especially before Valentine’s Day. So why do they break up before Valentine’s Day? One valid reason is that they don’t want to break the bank account. Later you realize that love never fails, people do. An extremely painful day for those who loved and lost.
If you are tired of renting my favorite movie “Legally Blonde,” eat Godiva chocolates and throw the $30 box at the TV when he dumps Elle during that infamous scene when they are having dinner in the restaurant. This year on Valentine’s Day, the release of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” will be a sure thing for millions of men. Universal Studios decided to release the erotic film into an epic date night. Literature student Anastasia Steele’s life changes when she meets handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey. Dakota Johnson stars as (Anastasia) and Jamie Dornan stars as (Christian Grey). I have seen the trailer and the film is provocative, intense and full of passion.
The woman behind the novel “Fifty Shades of Gray,” is British novelist and former TV executive, E.L. James, also known as Erika Leonard, who since she wrote the book has an estimated net worth of $60 million. She became instantly internationally known as her book became a bestseller and everyone was obsessed with reading the book.
While public reception has been almost positive, the series (trilogy) has met with mixed reviews from critics. Miss James currently lives in West London with her family. She is half-Chilean, half Scottish. Three years ago, she was listed as one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.”
Rose’s Scoop: While Super Bowl XLIX is just a few days away, I’m wishing both teams the best. Hopefully, I will get to see one of my co-worker’s son, Dominque Easley playing for the Patriots. May the best team win, Kia, Toyota’s Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and Nissan are all promoting ads during the big game. Last year, there was 11. It sems this year, it was Victoria’s Secret that ponied up the $4.4 million for a national spot.