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Leslie Nielsen Has Me to Thank for His Comedy Career: Debbie Reynolds

Leslie in '57, looking a bit less Lee Strasberg—and more Jerry Lewis.

Leslie in 1957, looking a bit less Lee Strasberg—and more Jerry Lewis.

EDITOR’S NOTE (Nov. 29, 2010): Leslie Nielsen passed away yesterday at age 84 after being admitted to a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for pneumonia. Below is story from Sept. 18, 2009 about a BlogTalkRadio interview with funnyman’s one-time co-star, Debbie Reynolds.

Though most under-40 moviegoers know Leslie Nielsen as that funnyman from the Naked Gun flicks, he began his career hoping to follow in the footsteps of such heavies as Marlon Brando, Monty Clift and Paul Newman.

But all that changed when co-star Debbie Reynolds encouraged him to tackle an unfamiliar genre.

Interviewed on Movie Addict Headquarters, Debbie recalls how Leslie initially balked at signing on for the 1957 musical rom-com Tammy and the Bachelor.

“Leslie was fresh from New York. He came from The Actors Studio and he thought doing Tammy—a simple little story with a goat and Walter Brennan and Debbie Reynolds—was really corny,” she tells host Betty Jo Tucker.

“He didn’t want Continue reading

Tony Curtis: 1925-2010. A Charmer ‘Til the End (Who Fell in Love with Our Host Live On-Air)

It pains us to report that Tony Curtis, one of the most gifted actors of all time, is gone at age 85.

The screen idol, who suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, passed away at his Nevada home yesterday at the stroke of midnight.

Tony: How we'll always remember him.

Tony: How we'll always remember the silver-screen legend.

A friend of BlogTalkRadio, Tony graced our airwaves twice last year, charming us on both occasions, while making us roar with laughter.

When he dropped in on WordSmitten host Kate Sullivan in March to chat about his memoir, American Prince, Tony began the interview with an admission of his true nature.

“I love life so much that I can’t turn down any of the women that I’ve ever met,” said the Bronx, N.Y.-born actor, who starred in such indelible flicks as Some Like It Hot, Spartacus and (our favorite) The Sweet Smell of Success.

“I’m not being facetious now. I find the company of women Continue reading

BlogTalkRadio Boosts Betty Jo Tucker’s Book to No. 1 on Kindle Chart

Before we get to the part where BlogTalkRadio helped rocket Betty Jo Tucker‘s book to the top spot on Kindle’s bestseller list, you need to know something about her.

Though by day she’s our mild-mannered host of Movie Addict Headquarters, chatting with such luminaries as Tony Curtis, Debbie Reynolds and Cloris Leachman, the Pueblo, Colo.-based film critic—who’s a mother of two, grandmother of seven and great-grandma of one—has got a slightly steamy sideline.ithadtobeus024

She’s a romance writer.

Actually, count her husband Larry in on that literary endeavor.

For in 2001 the couple, under the pseudonyms Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence, collaborated on a memoir titled It Had to Be Us, which tells the story of how they rediscovered their lost love nearly 20 years after being divorced and estranged.

“Filled with humor, emotion, suspense, and a surprising Las Vegas Continue reading

Here’s Looking at You, Ingrid

Thanks to our ever-inquisitive Movie Addict Headquarters team, we now know what America’s all-time favorite Ingrid Bergman flick is.

And that would be…

In you-know-what with you-know-who.

In you-know-what with you-know-who.

Casablanca.

In conjunction with their special presentation, “Another Look at Ingrid Bergman,” host Betty Jo Tucker and sidekick Jazz Shaw asked film fans and professional critics alike to pick from seven of the Swedish beauty’s big-screen features, as well as the TV film A Woman Called Golda.

Here’s how the voting panned out: Continue reading

Steve Guttenberg to Director Dr. Ravi Godse: Gimme More Close-ups!

Funnyman Steve Guttenberg‘s plea for more screen time came a bit too late.

But Movie Addict Headquarters listeners loved it all the same.

CAPTION: "I know that Ravi and I are going to make more movies together," Steve (above) tells us.

"I know that Ravi and I are going to make more movies together," Steve (above) tells us.

Earlier today on the show, host Betty Jo Tucker was chatting with indy writer-director-actor Dr. Ravi Godse—who’s also a real-life physician—about his new comedy, If It Ain’t Broke, Break It, when a surprise guest called in with some criticism.

That guest, as you may have guessed, was none other than Steve himself, who plays the lead in the flick.

“Ravi, what aren’t I in more close-ups? I should have more close-ups. I don’t know why there aren’t more close-ups of me?” the Police Academy staple raged.

Ravi’s response? Continue reading

Jason Connery: No Silver-Screen Roles with Father Sean

If you’ve been wondering when Sean Connery‘s going to return to the Cineplex, don’t hold your breath.

So says the 79-year-old screen icon’s son, budding director Jason Connery.

Sean (left) and Jason: Never pulled off cinematic pairing.

Sean and Jason: Never pulled off cinematic pairing.

Interviewed on Movie Addict Headquarters, Jason, 46, who forged his own acting career in the British TV series Robin of Sherwood and flicks like Shanghai Noon, puts the kibosh on co-starring with the original 007.

When host Betty Jo Tucker asks, “Do you think that you and your father might ever appear together in a movie?” Jason says: Continue reading

Debbie Reynolds: Leslie Nielsen Has Me to Thank for His Comedy Career

CAPTION: Lightening up: Late-'50s Leslie looking a little less Lee Strasberg.

Leslie in '57, looking a bit less Lee Strasberg—and more Jerry Lewis.

Though most under-40 moviegoers know Leslie Nielsen as that funnyman from the Naked Gun flicks, he began his career hoping to follow in the footsteps of such heavies as Marlon Brando, Monty Clift and Paul Newman.

But all that changed when co-star Debbie Reynolds encouraged him to tackle an unfamiliar genre.

Interviewed on Movie Addict Headquarters, Debbie recalls how Leslie initially balked at signing on for the 1957 musical rom-com Tammy and the Bachelor.

“Leslie was fresh from New York. He came from The Actors Studio and he thought doing Tammy—a simple little story with a goat and Walter Brennan and Debbie Reynolds—was really corny,” she tells host Betty Jo Tucker.

“He didn’t want Continue reading

‘Movie Addict HQ’ Host Betty Jo Tucker Gets Her Props from Local NBC Affiliate

Move over, Joe Mantegna, Cloris Leachman, Tippi Hedren and other screen icons who’ve recently graced Movie Addict Headquarters.

Because the host of that ever-popular BlogTalkRadio show – our very own Betty Jo Tucker – is fast gaining her own celebrity cred.

CAPTION: Betty Jo: Lookin' smooth on the Peacock in Pueblo.

Betty Jo: Lookin' smooth on the Peacock in Pueblo.

Just last night, KOAA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Pueblo, Colo., where B-Jo makes her home, ran a story about MAH.

“I began my love affair Continue reading