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
- 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!
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