I’m not sure whether or not I have mentioned, in all that I have shared with you about my Mom, that she was a rabid reader. My mom had book shelves in every room of her house but the bathroom, including the hallway and stacks in the garage. All totaled, she had a library of just about 20,000 books that she had collected from the time she was a young girl.
Going through my mom’s books to pick what we wanted for our personal collections was delightful. She loved murder mysteries (which I do not) and loved reading everything about Hollywood, focusing on the actors who were the contemporaries of her time. Anytime we wanted to buy something for my mom, a book was always a good choice.
Just before Mother’s Day of 2003, Doris Roberts released her autobiography, “Are You Hungry, Dear?”
which included recipes that she used for Marie Barone, her character on “Everybody Loves Raymond”. Mom was a huge “Remington Steele” fan and would have run away with Pierce Brosnan had he only had the courage to show up on her doorstep ; ) so I knew that Doris’s book would be perfect for mom. I have to admit that I had an ulterior motive in buying the book. I quickly looked in the Index to make sure that “Marie’s” recipe for Steak ala Pizzaiola was in the book – as I remembered it from an ELR episode.
I picked up the love for reading from Mom, and Doris’s book was one that I kept for myself in the division of Mom’s things. I read it about a month ago and when I was finished, I made Steak ala Pizzaiola for my family — it’s a winner!
Ok, so what’s the purpose of this blog entry, Annie?
Another book that I was interested in was Maureen O’Hara’s book of memoirs, “‘Tis Herself”.
It is a good read, filled with all kinds of things that *I* never knew about some of the people in Hollywood! One thing in particular that drove me to write this blog is an entry that I read as I finished the book today, which is applicable now (her book was published in 2004, so, recently).
This blew my mind! Call me gullible or un-informed, but, (are you ready for this?!):
Maureen talks about “Only the Lonely”, the movie she did with John Candy, where I hated his mother which she portrayed beautifully. She says:
“Right away, those around me brought up the possibility of an Oscar nomination.
I was told that times had changed and the actors now had to *campaign* for Academy Awards. It would cost $30,000 (!!!) and there was no guarantee I would get one. I called Roddy McDowall and asked for his advice. He was on the Academy board and would know what I should do. He talked me out of it. He said, “If you have that kind of money to throw around, then put it in a nice interest-earning CD.”
YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!! $30,000 TO **CAMPAIGN** FOR AN ACADEMY AWARD??!!
And that was four years ago. I’m sure that amount has gone up.
So — anyone who you thought deserved an Oscar for their stellar performance in a movie, bought the opportunity for the contest. LOL
That goes right up there with Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy for me.
In the past, the thought that it was a popularity contest has been voiced, but who knew that they had to pay to even be in the running?!
You learn something new every day. Sounds like a fun idea for an Art Quilt, doesn’t it? Any takers?