Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Tenth anniversary of WHAT A CHARACTER! Blogathon A RIOT!

It all began with Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and an interstitial series of dedications the network has aired honoring character actors. You have no doubt seen them, video tributes to Edna May Oliver, Beulah Bondi, William Demarest, Butterfly McQueen, and many other supporting players whose work stands the test of time. With these tributes WHAT A CHARACTER! was born and, unable to resist those actors, Paula, Kellee and I decided to dedicate a blogging event in their honor. Now, for the tenth consecutive year, we continue the tradition.

Kellee of Outspoken & Freckled and @Irishjayhawk66, Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club and @Paula_Guthat, and yours truly Aurora of Once Upon a Screen and @CitizenScreen would like to extend this invitation to the 2021 WHAT A CHARACTER! Blogathon to all bloggers who appreciate the laughter, the good taste, the double takes, the heart, and the comfort all the character actors have brought us through the years.

This entry also serves as a heartfelt thank you to all who have participated in this event so graciously for nine years. The talent, enthusiasm, and passion with which you have approached our beloved character actors are beyond anything we could have imagined. We hope you join us again for this special celebration.

The WHAT A CHARACTER! Blogathon

When: Saturday, December 4
How:
  • Let the hosts know which character actor you choose by leaving a comment below
    • We prefer no repeats and character actors can be from any era of film or television
  • Please include the name and URL of your blog and your Twitter handle to help us promote your work properly
  • Publish your post on or before December 4
  • Include the event banner courtesy of Paula Guthat on your blog to help us promote this special event
  • HAVE FUN and spread the word!

Giveaways!

A tenth anniversary is a big deal, a fact recognized by Turner Classic Movies and The University Press of Kentucky who have offered books to give away to 10 lucky U.S. and Canada participants of the WHAT A CHACRACTER! Blogathon.

From the TCM Library, we have 5 copies of The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter by Jeremy Arnold with foreword by Robert Osborne. A big thank you to Justin Gottlieb, Entertainment Marketing, Social Media Manager at Turner Classic Movies for securing these books for us.

While you may well be familiar with TCM, you may not know about The University Press of Kentucky, which has a wonderful array of film history-related biographies and analytical studies in its Screen Classics series. For our event, Director of Sales & Marketing, Brooke Raby has offered a sampling of their offerings, one copy of each of the following titles:

Charles Boyer: The French Lover by John Baxter

Natalie Wood: A Life by Gavin Lambert

Otto Preminger: The Man Who Would Be King by Foster Hirsch

Cecil B. DeMille’s Hollywood by Robert S. Birchard

Radical Innocence: A Critical Study of the Hollywood Ten by Bernard F. Dick

Thank you to Raby Brooke for the terrific list of books.

Before we get to blogging with character, I want to express my appreciation and a hearty congratulations to my friends and co-hosts, Kellee and Paula. One decade down: forever to go. Happy WHAT A CHARACTER! Anniversary!

Chosen Actors & Participating Blogs

Felix Bressart – Taking Up Room

Jack Carson – Second Sight Cinema

Hans Conried – A Shroud of Thoughts

Elisha Cook, Jr. – Whimsically Classic

Wally Cox – Journeys in Classic Film

Diana Dors – Real Weegie Midget Reviews

Mildred Dunnock and Patricia Collinge – The Last Drive In

Hope Emerson – Shadows and Satin

William Frawley – By Rich Watson

Theresa Harris – Blog of the Darned

Kathleen Harrison – Caftan Woman

Edward Everett Horton – Silent Film Music

Jessie Royce Landis – Michele Price

Lucille La Verne – The Classic Movie Muse

Cloris Leachman – Outspoken & Freckled

Doro Merande – Unknown Hollywood

Eugene Pallette – Top 10 Film Lists

Lillian Randolph – Another Old Movie Blog

George Tobias – A Person in the Dark

Conrad Veidt – Lady Eve’s Reel Life

42 thoughts

    1. Yay!! You have to continue. I’m even letting you believe Cary is yours. THAT’s the kind of gal I am!

      I’ll add George and you to the list in the morning. Thanks for joining.

  1. Hi Aurora. I’ve been searching for an excuse to get back into movie blogathons and this looks like a good one.

    I’d like to write about William Frawley, with an emphasis on his sports-related movies. He did one called IT HAPPENED IN FLATBUSH that I wanna watch for this blogathon. Don’t link to WSW—this is the address for my new blog:
    byrichwatson.blogspot.com

    1. Hey Rich, it’s great to “see” you. Hope all is well. I’m thrilled you’re joining us and Frawley is a terrific choice. Almost chose him myself. I’ll add you to the list tomorrow.

  2. Hi, Aurora – I hope you will see this. I was (literally) putting the finishing touches on my Hope Emerson post when I realized that I wrote about her for your What a Character blogathon in 2016!!!! Too ridiculous. Is it okay for me to substitute Barton MacLane for her?

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