The two most remarkable things about Sally Field’s Ally for Equality Award acceptance speech at the recent Human Rights Campaign (HRC) dinner in Washington D.C. are how good she looks at age 65 and how measured a contrast her words provided to that infamous “You like me…” Places in the Heart 1985 Oscar acceptance speech.
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Jackie Cooper, who played the gruff newspaper editor Perry White in the Superman film franchise, has passed away. According to TMZ.com, Cooper died Tuesday at a Beverly Hills hospital after a sudden illness. He was 88.
Cooper had a long career in Hollywood. He held the distinction of being the youngest actor ever nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Actor in a Leading Role, for the 1931 film Skippy. He continued to work in show business as an adult, often behind the scenes. He worked as a director on a number of television projects, winning Emmy awards for M*A*S*H and The White Shadow. While working as VP of TV program development at Columbia Pictures, he is rumored to have cast actress Sally Field in Gidget.
But he is best known to contemporary audiences for his work in Superman. I’m sure a lot of us newspaper types entered journalism hoping to work for a hard-hitting editor like Cooper’s Perry White.
Some top actors are pleading with the Screen Actors Guild to not call for a vote on a strike next month.
“We support our union and we support the issues we’re fighting for, but we do not believe in all good conscience that now is the time to be putting people out of work,” the petition stated.
Seriously, what other union is threatening to strike right now? Serious? We’re in the middle of an economic meltdown. In the middle. Not even done. Still melting as we speak. And SAG doesn’t feel like they’re getting a fair deal?!
All of Tinseltown’s top publicists will be barking around about this story today: THR‘s Borys Kit reports that “uber-entertainment publicist” Pat Kingsley is stepping down from her post as CEO of PMK/HBH.
And it takes two to replace her: Cindi Berger and Simon Halls have been upped to co-CEOs while Nate Schreiber will take a president title.
Kingsley is now 76 years old and while she will still head into the office, she tells THR that her new nonexecutive chairman title will allow her to keep working with her clients (Michael Mann, Jodie Foster and Sally Field) and not be bogged down with paperwork.
“I’m going to be coming to work, but you won’t see a balance sheet in front of me,” she told THR. “I won’t have to do any administration work. I can do creative work with clients, which is the part that I think I do best.”
She is a legend in the personal publicity field and is known for protecting the private lives of her clients while still skyrocketing them to superstardom. And she’s perhaps best known for her longtime work with now former client Tom Cruise.
- CHRIS GARDNER
Nikki Finke suggests everyone take off their tinfoil tiaras, and notice that Sally Field wasn’t the only person to get bleeped last night.
The network bleeped curse words three times during acceptance speeches last night: when Field used “goddamn” and when Katherine Heigl mouthed, “Oh shit”, and when Ray Romano about his former Everybody Loves Raymond TV wife Patricia Heaton “screwing” Kelsey Grammar on their new show, Back to You.
Earlier, Finke noted how dull the whole evening was.
Industry Nexus has a real treasure in Mali Perl. Pearl has somehow found out what other aging clients are getting the axe, ala Ed Limato and his stable of geriatrics. The juice:
From: Bryan Lourd and Rick Nicita
To: All CAA Staff
Re: New Direction
In light of the change that’s sweeping the industry, CAA, as always, takes the lead. We embrace the generational shift taking place and will be moving away from older clients to focus on a younger client base that reflects the tastes of today’s audience. We are amicably parting ways with several longtime clients including Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Anthony Hopkins, Sally Field, Annette Bening, Robin Williams, Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, and Robert De Niro. We are proud of the role CAA has played in helping these great stars of yesterday pave the way for great stars of tomorrow like Mischa Barton, Jessica Simpson, Rachel Bilson, Zach Braff, Zac Efron, and Sanjaya. We wish them all the best during their golden years and hope to visit them soon at the Motion Picture Home.
Is Sally Field a secret gangsta rap enthusiast? Well, not so much. But today on Variety.com’s fun regular feature, Pushy Questions, the award-winning thesp (Emmy nominated this year for her ensemble turn on ABC’s Brothers and Sisters) reveals that one of the songs that means the most to her is Tupac Shakur‘s “Dear Mama.”
Because her son gave it to her, she tells the trade paper. Another interesting note in the breezy Q&A is the list of people she’d like Variety to poll next. On Field’s short list are some heavy-hitting politicos, one terrorist and one starlet turned tabloid regular: George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, Lindsay Lohan, Osama bin Laden, and Nelson Mandela. Check out the full interview here…
- Chris Gardner